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Press Release | May 2018
In the exhibition Structures of Identity - Photography from The Walther Collection Foam presents a selection of photographic works from the famous collection of German-American collector Artur Walther (b. 1948). Structures of Identity examines how photographers have used portraiture to affirm or challenge social stereotypes constructed around notions of race, gender, class, and nationality.
Press release | May 2018
Foam presents the first solo museum exhibition of Thomas Albdorf (1982, Austria). The artist created a new body of work especially for this exhibition, which is displayed for the very first time in Foam. The works present a surreal account of what looks like a most peculiar Mediterranean holiday. We recognise volcanic landscapes that could have been snapped during a hike, marble sculptures and pottery typically found at the museum or in the souvenir shop, and a pizza dinner that could have been posted on Instagram. Whether the artist ever left his studio to document this place remains unresolved: his initial footage was sourced from google maps, google image search, social media and commercial image banks. The work is shown alongside other recent series General View (2017) and I Know I Will See What I Have Seen Before (2015), that are loosely inspired by a trip to Yosemite National Park and his native Austria, respectively.
Press release | May 2018
The photographer Samuel Gratacap has been collecting the stories of the migrants he meets in Tunisia, Libya, Italy and other countries since 2007. Based on the testimonies of the people he encounters, he retraces their paths through Europe and Africa. His work examines the places that mark migration routes: the border crossing points, the waiting rooms for day labourers, prisons – but also the pathways to a new identity. Gratacap goes beyond the scope of most news media, encountering deplorable situations that reveal the economy around migration, from human smuggling to slavery. His photography occupies the middle ground between art and photojournalism to reveal the on-going humanitarian tragedy of a system that maintains itself through a vicious circle.
Press release | 3 May 2018
Foam is launching the 50th issue of Foam Magazine and will commemorate this important milestone with the release of a digital edition of the latest issue and archive. Furthermore, a limited edition box set of the 50th issue and authorised print (edition of 50) by Nadav Kander will go on sale. The periodical first appeared in 2002, in conjunction with the establishment of Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, serving as an extension of the museum and offering an international platform for all kinds of photography, from historic to contemporary, and from documentary to fashion.
Press release | April 2018
For the third time, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall and Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam proudly present Foam Talent, a touring exhibition that brings together a group of 20 innovative photography talents under the age of 35. This year, 1790 artists working with photography responded to Foam’s annual Talent Call, which has the reputation of representing the latest developments in photography. The final selection of 20 artists has been made on the basis of their innovative and often experimental approaches to the medium.
Press release | April 2018
Portrait of Daniel J. Butler with Gold and Mining Tools, c. 1850 © Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada/The Origins of Photography/Archive of Modern Conflict (detail)
Gold & Silver offers a contemporary insight into the Gold Rush that captured the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. Two great myths or crazy dreams became reality: filling your pockets with the most precious metal and fixing your image in metal. At the time gold and silver were used in the photographic process. The Foam exhibition Gold and Silver emphasizes this relationship between the gold rush and the early photography.
Press release | 23 February 2018
Foam is proud to present Bamako Portraits: the first-ever retrospective of the studio photography by Seydou Keïta (c. 1921 – 2001, Mali) in the Netherlands. His oeuvre reflects a portrait of an era that captures Bamako’s transition from a cosmopolitan city in a French colony to the proud capital of independent Mali. Seydou Keïta portrayed his fellow citizens in a way not seen by the outside world before.
Press release |20 February 2018
The Unseen, 2015 © Tereza Zelenkova (detail)
According to an old Slavic legend, a snake inhabits people’s homes and brings happiness and prosperity to the household. This ‘snake housekeeper’ was traditionally welcomed with a bowl of milk on the threshold. The story is one of the many folk tales from the Czech Republic which Tereza Zelenkova (1985, Ostrava) seeks to revive. Over the course of two years, the artist accumulated numerous stories that formed the starting point for extensive journeys through the landscape of her childhood.
Press release | 20 February 2018
Lot 458 + Lot 459, 2016, from the series Contemporary Art © Daniëlle van Ark / courtesy De Nederlandsche Bank (detail)
How does a photograph gain – or lose – its value and meaning once it has been made? What are the mechanisms at play? And what is the artist’s role in the process? These are recurrent themes in the work by Daniëlle Van Ark. Her solo exhibition in Foam raises questions about authenticity and the determination of value, especially in photography: the reproducible medium par excellence.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.