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.
— Martine Fougeron
Martine Fougeron’s Teen Tribe is an intimate portrait of her sons and their friends in both New York and France. Fougeron began her series in 2005 when her two Franco-American sons were 13 and 14, and followed them for six years. She travels a fine line as mother, artist and observer. This could be awkward for all involved, but ultimately she delivers honest portraits. We witness everyday life and the rites of passage found within it, often during startlingly intimate moments.
The gaze is telling in these pictures. The boys and their friends are figuring out who they are and who they want to become while staring out at the mother, the artist, and at us, the anonymous audience witnessing their metamorphoses from kids to young adults.
— Jim Casper