Martine Fougeron at The Gallery at Hermès

Cory Jacobs
Sep 19, 2013 3:20PM

Opening tomorrow in New York City, Martine Fougeron’s Teen Tribe is an intimate portrait of her sons and their friends in both New York and France. From a unique perspective, the series is a coming of age story depicting the universal desire to become both a strong individual and part of a group. The Gallery at Hermès is pleased to present 23 color photographs from September 20 through November 8, 2013. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s prestigious Crossing the Line Festival.

Fougeron began her series, Teen Tribe, in 2005 when her two Franco-American sons were 13 and 14 and followed them for six years. Fougeron explains, “The work explores adolescence as a liminal state, between childhood and adulthood, between the feminine and the masculine and between innocence and a burgeoning self-identity. The focus is on the adolescents’ heightened states of mind.”

The gaze is telling in these pictures. The boys are figuring out who they are and who they want to become while staring out at both their mother and the artist, the push and pull of separating from family while gaining strength from it. Growing up is not always easy, but Fougeron gracefully shows us the metamorphosis in all its complicated beauty.

Cory Jacobs