'Tulsa' & 'Teenage Lust' | Larry Clark at Foam

Exhibitions / Amsterdam
13 June 2014 - 12 September, 10am - 6pm (until 9pm Th/Fr)

Foam, Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS
+31 (0)20 551 6500
€: 8,75

Photography museum Foam will be presenting the controversial projects Tulsa and Teenage Lust by American photographer Larry Clark from June until September in Amsterdam!

About Larry Clark

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1943, Larry Clark entered the world of photography at an early age as his mother was a travelling photographer.

As an adolescent, Clark began injecting amphetamines and using other substances with a group of friends.

During this time, Clark began taking photographs of his reality: drugs, sex and a form of suburban culture largely unknown to the mainstream.

Based on his own experiences and those of others, his main subject of investigation became the rebellious aspects of youth cultures not necessarily at the margins, but rather forming the fringes.

Clark's work wants to show the intimate realities of the difficult adolescent years and the variety of influences that lead to what could be called dystopian circumstances: complicated familial relationships, unrealistic standards of a hegemonic masculinity, the effects of mass media on social behaviour and the complex nature of identity formation.

His photograph's address these themes through explicit portrayals of sexuality, violence and drug use that juxtapose the casual nature of the subjects with the shock-factor of audiences outside of the subjects' realm.

This inside-outside dynamic has occasionally led to Larry Clark's work being deemed pornographic and morally corrupt, which itself highlights the powerful nature of his images.

larry clark 2014 foam
All photos courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and Simon Lee Gallery, London

larry clark foam 2014

Tulsa (1971)

Tulsa is a collection of photographs that documents first-hand Clark's adolescence in the 1960s American mid-west. 

The work consists of three different life trajectories in the form of photographic essays and is an intimate portrayal of Clark and his friends' moments of idealistic joy and subsequent disillusionment associated with drug addiction.

Teenage Lust (1983)

Teenage Lust is the second book by Larry Clark and is a reconstructed "autobiographical" account of his youth. 

Using a mix of his own family portraits and photographs of other adolescents leading a life dictated by "sex, drugs and rock & roll," a faux visual narrative is told reflecting moments of Clark's teenage years.

More explicit than Tulsa, Teenage Lust is divided into three main sections: Clark's move to New York City, a quest for an utopian life in New Mexico and portraits of male hustlers in Times Square. 

This series has been both lauded and shunned for its rawness and vulnerability that echoes the uncertainty of adolescence. 

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