No Choice But Future
The decision in favour of Brexit was taken over their heads. The generation of under-18s was not allowed to decide. Although the majority of young people said they were in favour of Britain remaining in the EU, only 36 percent of the under 25s eligible to vote actually voted in the referendum. They were outvoted by the cohorts of over-65s. As a result, older people are dictating the conditions that the younger generation will have to contend with for over half a century. In my work entitled "No choice but future" I give a face to those who remained invisible during the referendum. It is also the group that will have to live with the consequences of leaving the EU for the longest.
A snapshot of the under-18s in Manchester after the vote. Some of them will vaguely remember the UK being part of the EU; others will only read about it in the history books.
They had no choice.
The ArtistAnna Szkoda, born in Tychy, Poland, in 1982, lives and works as a freelance photographer in Berlin. She completed a degree in Sociology at the University of Leipzig. Since 2015, she has been studying at the Ostkreuz School of Photography in Berlin. In her work, she likes to focus on portraits of young people in public spaces.