The recommended fellowship is organised with Olympus, in cooperation with the Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg and the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF). Foam explicitly fosters young talent, particularly through multiple programmes such as the annual Foam Magazine Talent Issue (and international touring exhibition), the Foam Paul Huf Award, the special exhibition space for young talent Foam 3h and more. The recommended fellowship expands on this commitment by adding personal coaching and cooperation at a European level with two other renowned exhibition venues.
The project supports the recipients on three different levels: they each receive a grant of €10,000 as well as Olympus camera equipment, personal coaching from one of the three curators at the exhibition venues and a presentation of their work at those venues. The financial support makes it possible for each to realise a photographic project, while the exhibitions bring their work to the attention of the larger audience and the art world.
The recipients of the Fellowship 2019/2020 are: Karla Hiraldo Voleau (Dominican Republic),Tobias Kruse (Germany), and Mika Sperling (Russia). The artists were selected by the curators of the photography institutions involved in the fellowship; Kim Knoppers (Foam), Celina Lunsford (FFF) and Ingo Taubhorn (Haus der Photographie). The artists will be working on a new body of work especially created for an exhibition which will be displayed at the three locations of the organising parties in 2020.
The fellowship recipients for the first year were Thomas Albdorf (b. 1982, Austria), Nadja Bournonville (b. 1983, Vimmerby, Sweden) and Lilly Lulay (b. 1985, Frankfurt am Main, Germany). The fellows were unanimously selected by the exhibition venues’ curators: Hinde Haest, curator at Foam; Celina Lunsford, artistic director of the FFF; and Ingo Taubhorn, curator at the Haus der Photographie.
Foam is supported by the BankGiroLoterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.
In 2021 Foam receives additional support from Kickstart Cultuurfonds and the Mondriaan Fund.