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Press Release | February 2021
Laia Abril - On Rape: A History of Misogyny, Chapter Two, 2020 © Foam. Photo: Christian van der Kooy.
The winner of the 15th Foam Paul Huf Award will be revealed on 11 March 2021. The award for talented photographers under 35 years is organised annually by Foam and evaluated by an independent professional jury. Soon, they will start the process to select the winner from the submitted portfolios from the nominated artists.
Press Release | January 2021
Image from the series Golden Boy © Kwabena Sekyi Appiah-nti, courtesy of the artist.
Foam is proud to announce the names of the 20 young artists, whose work will feature in the upcoming Foam Magazine #58: Talent, which will be published in February 2021. The fifteenth edition of Foam Magazine’s Talent issue presents a selection of outstanding artists, each in their own way feeling the pulse of our times.
Press Release | November 2020
The rebirth of Red Lotus, from the series Red Lotus, 2019 © Kamonlak Sukchai, courtesy of the artist.
Foam presents Foam Talent | Digital, a multi-media platform showcasing artist projects supported by audio, video and effects. Straying away from typical virtual reality or installation views, the exhibition is a fresh adaptation to digital experiences in the museum sector. By breaking away from the mold of physical space in institutional exhibitions, Foam aims to present photography in respect of the digital space: literally with no walls, boundaries or constraints. The exhibition nods to the explorative nature of visiting a museum, yet instead of attempting to recreate it, leads a viewer in a way for them to discover and experience new things: digitally native, intuitively.
Press release | October 2020
Chastity Belt, 2019, On Rape © Courtesy Laia Abril & Galerie Les filles du calvaire.
Spanish artist Laia abril (1986) won the fourteenth edition of the Foam Paul Huf Award this year with her long term project A History of Misogyny. This prize is organised by Foam and annually awarded to a talented young photographer, by an independent, international jury. It consists of a cash prize of €20,000,- and a solo exhibition at Foam. The multidisciplinary artist uses photography, text, video and sound to tell intimate stories that evoke uncomfortable and hidden realities and often deal with inequality between the sexes and oppression of women.
Press Release | Amsterdam, November 2020
From the series Maggic Cube, 2019 © Adjie Dieye, courtesy of the artist.
Although Foam Talent is a symbol of a wide range of genres and uses of photography, this edition is characterized by in-depth identity issues. Where Alba Zari tries to construct a portrait of her unknown biological father through old family photos and computer technology, Luther Konadu's work is a reflection of the photographic portrait itself: through cutting and pasting he investigates the construction of identity. Adji Dieye responds to economically determined stereotypes and traditional roles by reinventing an African tradition of studio portrait photography. Karla Hiraldo Voleau distorts fact and fiction and undermines the male gaze through selfies and intimate portraits of her Latin lovers.
Press Release | Amsterdam, November 2020
Image from the series I Am, 2020 © Les Adu, courtesy of the artist.
I AM by Les Adu was created in the summer of 2020 reacting to the death of George Floyd in the US, and the viral response against police brutality and oppression of Black people. Moved by the ongoing events, but reluctant to limit his actions solely to the use of virtual hashtags, Adu decided to portray his own emotions. In a black-and-white self-portrait, Adu pictured himself, vulnerable, emotional, strong, looking straight into the camera, telling the world: ‘This is me, a black man, #IAM’.
Obituary | Amsterdam, February 2021
To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light, 2021 © Foam. Photo: Christian van der Kooy.
With the reading of its last will and testament in the exhibition The Late Estate Broomberg & Chanarin at Fabra i Coats in Barcelona on 20 February, the artist duo Broomberg & Chanarin will announce itself economically, creatively and conceptually dead. Foam curator Kim Knoppers has written an obituary to pay homage to their legacy, with a special mention to the exhibition To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light at Foam in 2015.
Press Release | Amsterdam, 10 December 2020
Yusuke Has Nothing to Tell to Anyone VI, from the series I Have Nothing to Tell You, 2019 © Karla Hiraldo Voleau.
Foam Amsterdam, House of Photography/Deichtorhallen Hamburg and Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF) present the second edition of the recommended Olympus Fellowship. The winners of the second recommended, Karla Hiraldo Voleau, Tobias Kruse and Mika Sperling will show new work, created during the fellowship, at Foam from 12 March 2021 onwards.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, 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.