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This site-specific fictional narrative incorporates the imme diate space around Angels Gate Cultural Center and Angel's Gate High School \, a space of innocent explorations by youth\, but also\, with a proximity to nature\, an embodiment of wild energy of youth. The image of a teenager behind the wheel is not just one of growing up and independence\, but also one of impending disaster. The car wreck is a tragic American narrative sta rring the teenager\, and an allegory for the teenage experience. 

California is only second to the state of Texas in its number of teen fat alities from car wrecks. These big long fast roads that reach out past spra wling suburbs into even more sprawling suburbs are a means to escape the wo rld\, flying over asphalt wrapped in the personal space of a vehicle. The i mage of a teenager behind the wheel is not just one of growing up and indep endence\, but also one of impending disaster. The car wreck is a tragic Ame rican narrative starring the teenager. 

The car wreck is also a story of disorder\, one of chaos. Susan Griffith's novel Women and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her is a charged outlining of objectification of the fem ale body along side her wild counterparts\, or comrades\, the animals and n atural world. Her writing is from what feels now a clichˆ© second wave femi nist dialogue\, but despite its dated tone it resonates with today's imagin ing of human relationship to nature and the gendering of that relationship\ , that ism\, the feminine as wild untamed and dangerous force. Lavatelli re calls turning over a car a year ago- crawling out the sunroof\, pushing the car rightways\, seeing it unharmed\, getting back in\, and driving away. P erhaps she was only able to do this because of her gender\, being a woman s he is wild and more akin to the unknown than the order of the world. 

Lavatelli and teens from Angel's Gate High School worked collaborativ ely to tell stories that considered how they remembered a moment beyond und erstanding\, when they fell into the wilderness\, into the unknown. Teenage rs attempting to take hold of the ground below them to recognize the way we slip and slide down the road from the heights of our immortal self-image. All staged in a space between fantasy and the real\, ripe with drama and am biguity. 

BIOGRAPHY 
Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli is a video installation artist engaging complexities of feminine identity\, pe rformance\, and desire. She received her BA in Media Studies at the Univers ity at Buffalo while performing with various collectives throughout Western New York. After some years working out of Brooklyn she moved out west to o btain her MFA from UC San Diego\, while there she also attended the Skowheg an School of Painting and Sculpture. Nowbased in San Diego she has continue d to exhibit nationally and screen film and video work internationally. Mos t recently she was nominated for the San Diego Art Prize for emerging artis ts.

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