When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

Vincent Tremeau, Meredith Hutchison

When I Grow Up documents the hopes of young people affected by humanitarian crises who are struggling to grow up in a world where their rights are regularly denied or abused.


Aged between six and 18 years old, the children and youths are photographed dressing up in the outfits of the adults they want to become. The photos highlight the vulnerability and also the great energy of today’s youth and how they can shape the future.


When I Grow Up includes images taken in Africa and Jordan in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Vincent Tremeau photographed children and adolescents in the Central African Republic, Mali, Niger, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, and Sierra Leone as part of his project One Day, I Will. Meredith Hutchinson focused on Syrian refugee youth in Jordan for her program Vision Not Victim.


This exhibition stresses the importance of ensuring that every young person has continued access to quality education and recreation, especially in times of humanitarian crisis.


The event is made possible thanks to the support of the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates and the Permanent Mission of Kuwait to the United Nations.

photos by

Vincent Tremeau and Meredith Hutchison

Opening Reception

Wednesday August 17, 2016, 6:45pm (Corner of Washington St. & Prospect St.)

Exhibition #1

August 16 to October 14, 2016 at the Visitors’ Lobby of the United Nations Visitor Center

Exhibition #2

August 17 to October 21, 2016 in DUMBO, Brooklyn, corner of Washington St. & Prospect St.

Presented by

UNOCHA and United Photo Industries, with additional support by Dumbo BID and NYC Parks