Lolita is a collection of portraits from a unique subculture emerging in Ireland known as Lolita. The subculture of Lolita originated in Japan during the recession of the 1980s as a means of brief, fantasy-driven escape for young women from the pressures of adulthood and the stress of a dire economic climate. Qualities of self-presentation that Lolita values pivot around ideas of innocence, elegance and poise. The aim is not to fetishise themselves; rather it is a form of visual self-expression which contrasts considerably with the mundanity of their everyday, modern lives where they must deal with school, work, college and the tribulations of impending adulthood.
Jonathan Higgins • Treasa O'Hanlon • Kristina Collender • Ciarán Cooney • Efa Corwell • Neil Dorgan • Kasia Kaminska • Feena Kavanagh • Barry Keogh • Patricia Klich • Robert McCormack • Deirdre McGing • Bobi Murray • Adele O'Byrne • Nikki O'Carroll • Catherine OToole • Maciej Pestka • Niamh Redmond • Irene Siragusa •