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Martine Fougeron at The Gallery at Hermès

Teen Tribe

After Charles Fréger, The Gallery at Hermès continues its series of French artists exploring the theme of transformation. Martine Fougeron photographed her two sons over a number of years, to create the series Teen Tribe, narrating the delicate transition from childhood to adulthood. 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Martine Fougeron at The Gallery at Hermès
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In 2005, Martine Fougeron began photographing her adolescent sons and their friends. Teen Tribe offers a glimpse of their daily lives and rites of passage, together with portraits – snatched, tolerated, sometimes even posed – expressing the hopes, doubts, discoveries, questions and challenges of adolescence. Fougeron takes a deliberately naturalistic approach, saluted by the exhibition curator Cory Jacobs: ‘Growing up is not always easy, but Fougeron gracefully shows us the metamorphosis in all its complicated beauty.’ The result is an intimate portrait of adolescence itself.  

Chronicling life in New York, and family holidays in France, the series shows two young people growing up with their band of friends, as Jacobs points out, ‘figuring out who they are and who they want to become’. The boys’ personalities are defined and shaped within the group, from picture to picture. Compiled over several six years, the series is seen here for the first time since its completion, offering a sensitive narration of its protagonists’ emerging identities. The series will be published in the Fall of 2013: Teen Tribe, A World with Two Sons (Steidl). 

Born in Paris in 1954, Martine Fougeron lives and works in New York. She has exhibited worldwide and her work features in major public and private collections. The exhibition is presented by the Hermès Foundation as part of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s Crossing the Line 2013 Festival.

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The Gallery at Hermès

691 Madison Avenue, New York, USA 

Free admission:

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturdays

Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Curator: Cory Jacobs