©Sandra Mehl

Sandra Mehl

Ilona and Maddelena


A few years ago, Sandra Mehl meets Ilona and Maddelena, two sisters of 11 and 12 years of age living in Gély, a working class neighbourhood, in Montpellier. As she met them, Mehl started taking pictures of their daily life. Through their story, Mehl wants to talk about teenagehood in working class families within developing countries.

In a sweet and sour manner, Mehl documents their life: A 80m² flat, four rooms; Francoise and Thierry, the unemployed parents; Etienne, a neighbour taken care of by the family; and five dogs, three cats, a variety of objects reminding of the Native Americans and Johnny Hallyday, the famous French singer.

Sandra Mehl (1980, Sète, France) is a self-taught photographer based in Montpellier, in the south of France, with a degree in Sociology and a master degree in Political Science.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals in France, French national library François Mitterrand, and internationally: Getty Image Gallery, Manifesto, Festival Map among others. She also contributes to national and international magazines such as Le Monde, Libération, Marie Claire, L'Obs, Internazionale, De Morgen, Financial Times Weekend magazine.

In collaboration with:
Photographic Museum of Humanity | PHmuseum

©Sandra Mehl

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