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Photo Description:
Exploring the theme of 'indistinct', Zoe focused on mug shots and CCTV images and the way that someone can be caught by an 'indistinct' image, that can tell a powerful story. The three girls in her triptych are Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, who flew from London to Istanbul and on to Syria, painted from the last known images of the girls before they left the UK. Zoe was fascinated by the implications of the actions of these girls and the way that their futures, as well as the last known images of them, are indistinct. The work evokes both the grainy aesthetic of a CCTV image, but a ghostly quality that gives the viewer the feeling of unease and uncertainty.
Zoe L , 17 yrs
Kenilworth School and Sixth Form