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NOW SHOWING at the Lionel Rombach Gallery: Cowboy Girls | Karoliina Paatos
Exhibition Dates: May 2 – 10, 2017 | Screening: May 5, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Wild Bunch, Lower Siard, Nevada 2015

For the past seven years Karoliina Paatos has been following two girls growing up in a remote, family owned cattle ranch in Nevada. Home schooling, helping with ranch chores, riding, roping, and playing mostly by themselves, fills their days.

Romance and harshness is branded in the visual image of a cowboy. The prevailing idea is still a lonesome twenty-something man moving from one camp to another whereas the artist’s cowboys are two girls growing up into this very masculine world. As Paatos states, “I want to get close to the people I follow. I live long periods of time on the ranches and help with the chores. I don't become invisible but I became part of their everyday life.

Draught, high land prices and changes happening in the cattle industry are making this lifestyle nearly impossible to continue as it has been. I want to see the change through the lives of these two cowboy girls. My journey continues alongside them into their adulthood.”