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The series aims to introduce a broad public to innovative art created by relatively young visual makers who make ground-breaking use of the medium of photography. Next Level is a major project designed to give an impetus to artists with notable accomplishments to their name, but who are not so well known to the general public. For the artists selected so far, it was their first solo exhibition in the Netherlands. The first artist chosen for Next Level was Anne De Vries (2015), followed by Melanie Bonajo (2016), Anouk Kruithof (2017) and the duo Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács (2018). Dominic Hawgood is the first to feature in the international follow-up to the series.
CG visualisation, 2019 © Dominic Hawgood
The Next Level exhibition series forms part of Foam’s talent policy. For the first series, the choice fell deliberately on Dutch artists whose work is relevant to the development of the medium of photography, by their experimentation, by pushing the boundaries of the medium, by taking risks, or by approaching photography in a wholly new way. Not surprisingly, the exhibitions developed for Next Level were often very bold, provocative and surprising, for regular visitors and professionals alike. The exhibitions were often highly topical as well. The featured artists use photography as a medium to respond to contemporary global and societal developments in the wake of digitisation and new technologies. The result is a heightened awareness among the visitors of how images influence our everyday life.
Both domestically and internationally, the Next Level exhibition series was received very well. It also meant that Foam was able to bring the Dutch artists to the attention of international professionals, both through the exhibitions and fringe programmes and events. The series now continues by inviting international artists to Amsterdam. In line with the international character of Foam’s talent policy, the focus now is on international artists whose presentation in Foam can positively impact the Dutch cultural field. This way Foam encourages an exchange and both domestic and international debate on new and relevant developments within the photographic and wider cultural sector.
Ammodo, founded in 2011, is a non-profit organization that initiates and supports projects for the development of art and science. Ammodo focuses primarily on visual arts, performing arts and fundamental science.
The purpose of the activities of Ammodo is to contribute to the creation, presentation and development of art that is experimental and questioning in nature. To achieve this goal, Ammodo works with various institutions such as Foam, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, EYE, Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Witte de With, Van Abbe Museum, Holland Festival, Nederlands Dans Theater and Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Ammodo focuses on a broad scope within the visual arts and performing arts. The extent to which the project is innovative and of a high quality, determines the support offered.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.