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Foam at Bijbels Museum II, Family Ties

Press Release | Amsterdam, 25 October 2012

Foam in the Bible Museum II, Family Ties
2 November 2012 - 28 January 2013

For the second time Foam presents an exhibition in the Bible Museum. Under the theme for 2013, '400 years of the canals', the Bible Museum focuses on the original inhabitants of their property and their relationships. In this context, Foam has selected two projects for their exhibition, Family Ties. Family Tree is by Ringel Goslinga and and _Willem, a documentation of youth by William Popelier. Foam has presented earlier work by both of these photographers in its exhibition space 3h.

The projects are characterized by a study of family ties but, above all, their own position within it. In addition, they focus on identity, the way it is designed and how photography contributes to them. Both projects resulted in publications that have acquired an important place among recently published Dutch photobooks. The show Family Ties in the Bible Museum also plays an important role in these publications.

The project Family Tree by Ringel Goslinga (Utrecht, 1969) focuses on basic relationships between people, between families, friends and their relationship to Goslinga himself. For Family Tree Goslinga portrayed people from his immediate environment according to a fixed system of specific social networks, in this case his own family. This did not lead a normal family, but a portrait of people who above all generate an image of the photographer and his environment. The Bible Museum present three large format black and white portraits from the series My Mother's Surroundings.

The project _ and William by William Popelier (Eindhoven, 1982) is an investigation into the lives of identical twins, who in their youth were separated for ten years. _ and William focuses on modern family ties and how identity can be determined by means of photography. The publication is the personal story broken down into several chapters, ranging from distant graphical diagrams that illustrate the chronology of the family story in neutral portraits of relatives and objects from the past. This detached approach of his own history is an important counterpart to personal photos of the twins from the past . For this exhibition, the Bible Museum has chosen a spatial presentation of the project.

Foam in the Bible Museum II, Family Ties can be seen from 2 November 2012 - 28 January 2013 in the Bible Museum, Herengracht 366-368, Amsterdam. Admission:€ 8.

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Foam is supported by the BankGiroLoterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd and the VandenEnde Foundation. This exhibition is made possible by SBK Amsterdam.

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