Of course you are a superhero
Κids are usually being told what to do by elders. Feeling powerless and seeking a feeling of control in everyday life, they are trying to meet that need for power in a variety of ways.
According to psychologists, Halloween costumes can be a great way for kids in fulfilling these needs by experiencing the qualities of the superhero they choose. The powerful abilities that widely accepted superheroes have, get their positive attention, since -by wearing these costumes- they get an ephemeral sense of control and power.
This photographic series has been held during Greek Halloween in kindergartens and nursery schools for each kid to have a commemorative photograph, between the years 2016-2020.
Of particular interest is the aesthetic way that children’s self-representation takes place in front of the camera; behind the mighty and fearless superhero costume, there lies a weak understanding of the real reason they chose that costume and their confusion of what they represent by wearing it. The awkwardness of their pose, look and gesture is a glimpse of the children’s strong -yet unconscious- belief that these costumes still cannot permanently provide the power they seek for.