WRITTEN BY ALESSANDRA CHIARLO
Harlemville is a pacific community in North America that lives according to Rudolph Steiner’s philosophy, with a focus on freedom of expression, creativity, imagination, strong self-respect and self-awareness. Clare Richardson has been living in Harlemville for two years and, in the meantime, she shot the quietness of those days, strongly characterized by harmony and respect for nature. During this time Richardson fully enjoyed this idyllic community and its radical optimism. Her work is focused in particular on a group of kids living a never-ending summer, with the same energy that we usually associate to the last days of a trip, before return to school. Her vision is soaked in fairy tales and mythological references: we can recognize Narcissus, the Little Mermaid or the famous Golem.
Richardsons’ book describes a timeless youth, so distant from everyday life we are exposed to and at the same time so close to our youth, when some water and mud were enough to have fun, when the only thing that forced us to come back home were the hunger pangs, when everything felt like a fairytale.