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When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up documented the hopes of young people affected by humanitarian crises who are struggling to grow up in a world where their rights are regularly denied or abused.

Aged between six and 18 years old, the children and youths are photographed dressing up in the outfits of the adults they want to become. The photos highlight the vulnerability and also the great energy of today’s youth and how they can shape the future.

When I Grow Up included images taken in Africa and Jordan in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Vincent Tremeau photographed children and adolescents in the Central African Republic, Mali, Niger, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, and Sierra Leone as part of his project One Day, I Will. Meredith Hutchinson focused on Syrian refugee youth in Jordan for her program Vision Not Victim.

This exhibition stressed the importance of ensuring that every young person has continued access to quality education and recreation, especially in times of humanitarian crisis. 

The event was made possible thanks to the support of the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates and the Permanent Mission of Kuwait to the United Nations.

Presented in collaboration with the NYC Department of Transportation's Art Program.