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The Sanchez Brothers — The Hurried Child

- 2008

The Sanchez Brothers, The Hurried Child, 2005.

The Hurried Child is an image portraying how young children in today’s society are forced to grow up faster than they should. Young people are bombarded everyday by advertising, music videos, TV shows featuring—for example—young women, even children, that are made to look older than they actually are, which in the end makes the sexuality of these children thrust out at such an innocent time in their lives.

What this does is blur the “childhood” of these children making them become adults much before they are prepared. This image is not only about young girls growing up to fast. It is about the many children who are forced to abandon their childhoods—the innocent time of their lives, and become mature, all too quickly for their own good.


Carlos and Jason Sanchez are a team of young artists (b. 1976 and 1981 respectively) living and working in Montreal. Their photographs are eerie tableaus that read like broken narratives; they are lush and complex scenes that explore psychological landscapes. Leaving the viewer with the chance to unlock the hidden storyline, these brothers create large-scale photographic prints that are cinematic in scope and compelling in content. Functioning as cinematographers, they meticulously cast and stage every photograph, adding to the intriguing narrative and sense of mystery that surrounds these stunning photographs. The brothers have received grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Du Maurier Arts Council and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. They exhibit their art internationally and have had solo exhibitions in cities such as Amsterdam, Houston, Madrid, Montreal, New York and Toronto. Their work is included in many public collections such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (Ottawa), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Québec City) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) amongst others.

Carlos and Jason Sanchez are represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.


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