Martine Fougeron

“Sleepover”

From the ‘Tête-à-Tête’ series


ARTIST STATEMENT

Sleepover’ is part of Martine Fougeron’s Tête-à-Tête series (2005-2009) of intimate portraits of her two adolescent sons and their teenage friends. The work explores adolescence as a liminal state, between childhood and adulthood, between the feminine and the masculine.’Sleepover’ explores teen tribal life: the adolescents’ heightened journey into self-discovery and social explorations. This picture was taken at dawn after a sleepover party. One can still sense the romantic longings and desires, the dreams of music, the late evening in their sleepy eyes.

ARTIST BIO

Martine Fougeron has been widely exhibited, and is in the collections of private collectors and museums- the most recent being The Museum of Fine Art in Houston. The work is represented by Peter Hay Halpert in NY and Esther Woerdehoff in Paris. Fougeron is the recipient of prestigious awards, including American Photo Emerging Artists in 2008 and in 2009 PDN 30’S, PDN Photo Annual and AP 25. Fougeron is a visual artist whose commissions include the Pitti Imagine Image Campaign, Sunday New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine. After a formal education in Paris and New York, the French– born visual artist now works and lives in New York.

Selected by Charlotte Cotton, Curator in Residence at the International Center of Photography.