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Hedi Slimane - Young American

Hedi Slimane - Young American
15 July - 12 September

(Portraits of) Young American is the latest photography project by photographer and fashion designer Hedi Slimane. Slimane has made portraits of various creative people in the New York art scene in an attempt to record today's generation of artists. Young American includes portraits of Dan Colen, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Ryan McGinley, Terence Koh, Nate Lowman, Dash Snow and Banks Violette.

Hedi Slimane has been part of the worldwide creative community of artists, filmmakers and pop musicians for many years. He studied art history at Ecole du Louvre and worked as a designer for Yves Saint Laurent (1996-2000) and Christian Dior (2000-2007). Slimane photographs, designs furniture, is involved in architecture and graphic design, and makes installations. He shot to prominence with a series of publications: 'Berlin', 'Stage', and 'London - Birth of a Cult'. Characteristic of Slimane's minimalist black-and-white photos is the way they reflect his obsession with music, especially the recent new rock wave movement. He has exhibited in New York, Berlin, Paris and Zurich. 

In addition to his enormous influence in the fashion world, where he transformed the male silhouette with his designs for Dior Homme, Hedi Slimane is celebrated for his new male ideal. According to the curator of 'Costa da Caparica 1989' an exhibition of photos taken by Slimane when he was a teenager currently in Lisbon, "Hedi is at the crossroads of visual arts, youth culture, and the fashion world [... and has] a very relevant role in the emerging trends of the 21st century".

'Sweet Bird of Youth', a group exhibition compiled by Slimane is currently showing Galerie Arndt and Partners in Berlin. Slimane's solo show 'Costa da Caparica 1989' can be seen at Ellipse Foundation of Contemporary Art in Lisbon until 9 September 2007.

Young American
can be seen from 15 July to 12 September 2007 in Foam. Open daily 10.00-18.00, Thurs/Fri 10.00-21.00. Tickets: € 7.00 / info: +31 (0)20 5516500 /