Created between 2011 and 2016, the ADOLAND project uses the adolescent’s bedroom as the theatre of operations. Caroline Hayeur has enabled an opportunity for time travel through the current and past adolescence of her subjects.

Using field research methods similar to what she has used in previous projects, she found teenagers who allowed her to enter their private lair. Their bedrooms turned out to be an infinite field of stories that reveal their inner and projected selves, their constructed identities, their alliances, identification and emerging individuation.

She also gathered “testimony” from adults about their own youth, accessing memories that had been buried to various degrees. Through her research, she discovered that the rooms of several of these former teenagers are preserved as mausoleums of sorts where the decor and artefacts are now part of an untouchable family heritage. Every parent mourns the departure of their children in their own way.

As archaeology from different eras, but representing the same passage into adulthood, the teenager’s bedroom is fertile ground for photography. The subjects come from the Greater Montreal area and other regions in Quebec. In addition to the photographic prints, the project also includes a series of videos.

During the same period, Caroline Hayeur’s own teenagers left home, triggering her reflection on the subject. With ADOLAND she offers a personal poem with both visual and sound elements from her point of view.


Vernissage, Maison de la Culture de Côtes-des-Neiges, Montréal, 2014 © Sophie Bertrand


ADOSPHERES. The points of view chosen for this project show a multitude of very personal worlds. We can’t escape the «clichés» associated with children’s or teenager’s rooms: all kinds of overflow, accumulation or clutter in order to mark their territory. Without trying to shock, the artist leads us into the rooms of average teenage living in Quebec.

The discovery of ADOLAND is threefold:

HORIZONS. The series of thirty portraits is arranged as a timeline of increasing age, starting with the younger “model” and ending with the oldest. Single portrait or multiple portraits of the same person, spread over several years, portraits of four people of the same family, there is a multiplicity of formats amongst the photographic prints. Quotes from the interviews conducted during the photo shoots bring a narrative element to the exhibition.

I like my room at my dad because it is very small and I can feel safe. It’s a place where I like being alone. It’s like a little nook where I can rest when I don’t feel like interacting with people, I go there and I feel “enclosed”. At my mom’s, it’s completely different, my room is a social place. I can invite friends, it’s a lot bigger, I can decorate more. My two rooms are so different that I cannot choose a favourite. It depends on how I feel.

– Pétronille, 14 years old, Montreal


I have a big box, and it’s called my room at my parent’s. Everything is there, there is so much stuff! Since I left, I never dared clean up, my mom does it. And she even adds stuff, like my diplomas that she laminated. If you want to do an exhibition in my life, you can just come here and poke about.

– Jocelyn, 29 years old, Saint-Hubert 

Maison de la Culture de Côtes-des-Neiges, Montréal, 2014 © Caroline Hayeur


MOTIONS. In addition to the portrait, a series of videos also explore the notion of portrait. During the meetings with the teenagers and the ex-teenagers, the artist captured a scene on video. The five videos displayed in ADOLAND are in stop motion: Élaine and the liberating effect; the day planner as a space of creativity; Jacqueline and the sweet nostalgia; Mrs. Lebeau and the empty nest syndrome; Victor and the sense of organization. The sound of the videos was created with Mylena Bergeron, the musician accomplice of the photographer in the Ying Yang Ladies duo.


Video Series , Maison de la Culture de Côtes-des-Neiges, Montréal, 2014 © Caroline Hayeur


PARTICIPATION. The third element of ADOLAND is the “board”, with a close to a movie theatre screen. The artist displayed on it 600 small photographs: views of her model’s room (details, different vantage point), but also reproduction of her own family photo albums, from her own teenage years and from her children’s. Caroline Hayeur asked her different networks, like Facebook, so that her friends, acquaintances, and colleagues participate to the collective board with pictures from their own teenage years.

Collective board, Maison de la Culture de Côtes-des-Neiges, Montréal, 2014 © Caroline Hayeur


With ADOLAND, the artist interest in the social body is renewed once again especially the generational issue and the self-definition. Visual anthropology, this series echoes some of the artist previous projects, such as HUMANITAS, DWEEL – BEYOND MY ROOM, DWELL – THIS IS MY HOME, MES NUITS BLANCHES or FESTIVE RITUAL.



Technical description:

— Series of 38 Digital prints

10 Digital prints, 51 x 60 cm (20 x 24 inches) each

26 Digital prints, 86 x 60 cm (34 x 24 inches) each

2 Digital prints, 155 x 60 cm (61 x 24 inches) each

— 5 videos on 5 small screens, 15 x 20 cm (6 x 8 inches) each with colour headphones

Élaine: Amen, c’est libérateur, 1 min. 59 sec.
Isabelle, Élaine et Élisabeth: Les agendas, 1 min. 38 sec.
Jacqueline: Immigrer c’est comme une seconde adolescence, 2 min. 05 sec.
Madame Lebeau: Ça me rappelle Jocelyn, 1 min. 53 sec.
Victor: Ranger sa chambre, 2 min. 08 sec.

Director, interviews and images: Caroline Hayeur
Music and Sound editing: Myléna Bergeron

— Photo installation on a large board

Board: 205 x 732 cm (80 x 288 inches)
Content: around 600 Digital prints, 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7po) and variable dimensions.

2017 – Solo exhibition, Maison de la culture de Longueuil
2017 – Solo exhibition, Langage Plus, centre d’art actuel, Alma, Quebec
2016 – Solo exhibition, Centre d’exposition d’Amos, Quebec
2015 – Solo exhibition, Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie, Quebec
2015 – Solo exhibition, Maison de la culture de Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montreal
2015 – Solo exhibition, ESPACE F, Matane, Quebec
2014 – Solo exhibition, Maison de la culture de Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal.

ESPACE F-GAM, Matane, 2015 © Caroline Hayeur and Mathieu Savoie

Community art:
During the exhibition, Caroline Hayeur directed a community art activity with a group of a dozen students in a reception class for newly arrived immigrants ages 12 to 16 years old from La Voie High School in the Côte-des-Neiges — Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough. These teenage newcomers to Quebec will complete a photographic assignment on the theme of adolescence and habitat that was publicly presented at the Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges in June 2014, with the title MY ROON, IT’S MY TERRITORY. Since then, she organized many community art activities linked to the exhibit.


Community work with La Voie High School, MA CHAMBRE C'EST MON TERRITOIRE, Montréal, 2014 © Caroline Hayeur


Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie

Maison de la culture de Pointe-aux-Trembles


Maison de la culture de Côte-des-Neiges