The California Sunday Magazine covers California, the West, Asia, and Latin America for a national audience—with a focus on storytelling, both written and visual.
The December 2017 issue is dedicated to the world of teenagers. At a particularly odd and anxious time in the US, the teens issue considers what it means to live in a world constructed by others and how young people are already beginning to change it. The magazine unfolds like a day in a teen’s life, and it spans the boundary between youth and adulthood: from their first brushes with the larger world (becoming politically active, navigating the criminal justice system, grappling with the meaning of sexual consent) to more everyday matters (fighting with parents, commuting to school, finding their tribe).
In Hanging Out, which appears in California Sunday’s teenagers issue, Magnum photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti offers a sweeping look at the ways teens across California spend time together. In Mckinleyville, a town on the North Coast surrounded by Redwoods, it’s following a secluded trail to the edge of the Pacific Ocean and bobbing in the surf until their lips turn blue. In East Oakland, it’s sitting at an urban lookout point and taking inventory of the good and the bad. In Los Angeles, it’s a DIY music show where they dance and flirt and escape parental rule.
Hanging Out gives us a glimpse of the hours that pass away from the prying eyes of adults: the secrets exchanged and the obsessions pursued, the thrill of trying on different ways of being in the world. The refuge and freedom of friendship, when everyone around you is caught in the act of becoming.
Jacqueline Bates, photography director of the California Sunday Magazine, reflects on her collaboration with Sanguinetti for this series in an interview with ICP Projected curator Wesley Verhoeve.
During the day, Hanging Out can be viewed on monitors inside the ICP Museum and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and are most visible after sunset.
About the Artist
Alessandra Sanguinetti is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hasselblad Foundation Grant, and a Rencontres D’Arles Discovery Award. Her photographs are part of public and private collections, such as the New York Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art.
Her published work includes On the Sixth Day and The Adventures of Guille and Belinda, published by Nazraeli Press in 2005 and 2012, respectively; Sorry Welcome, published by TBW books in 2013; and Le Gendarme sur la Colline, published by Aperture Foundation in 2017.
Sanguinetti is a member of Magnum Photos and is represented by Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City. She is currently based in California.