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Press release | June 2020
Joris, Amsterdam 24 April 1991 © The Remsen Wolff Collection, courtesy of Jochem Brouwer 2020
The exhibition Remsen Wolff - Amsterdam Girls presents more than 50 vintage portraits and contact prints from the analogue archive of the American photographer Remsen Wolff (1940-1998). From 1990 to 1992, Wolff spent one month each year at the American Hotel in Amsterdam to work on the project Special Girls - A Celebration. For this project, Wolff made a series of portraits of transgender people in New York and in Amsterdam, the city known at the time as ‘the gay capital of Europe’. These unique portraits range from the exuberant and glamorous to the subdued and vulnerable. Together, the photographs show the huge variety in gender fluidity in the 1990s, beyond the spotlight of notorious nightclubs such as Club RoXY and It.
Press release | February 2020
Reneta, Bucharest, Romania, 2018, Courtesy Eidos Foundation © Alec Soth / Magnum Photos
Magnum photographer Alec Soth (1969) has become known as the chronicler of life at the American margins of the United States. He made a name as a photographer with his 2004 series Sleeping by the Mississippi, encountering unusual and often overlooked places and people as he travelled along the river banks. A major retrospective in 2015 was followed by a period of seclusion and introspection, during which Soth did not travel and barely photographed. His most recent project, I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating, is the result of this personal search, and marks a departure from Soth’s earlier work. Foam presents the first museum exhibition of his new series, consisting of portraits of remarkable people in their habitat, and still-lifes of their personal belongings.
Press release | July 2020
New Europe, London, from the series Afropean © Johny Pitts, courtesy of the artist.
In Afropean, writer and photographer journalist Johny Pitts (Sheffield, UK) examines the life of black communities, travelling across Europe. In search of the "Afropean" identity he went across the continent travelling from London to Paris, via Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, Moscow, Rome, Marseille, Madrid and Lisbon sketching an underexposed story about the continent in words and images. He travelled to Amsterdam to hear from The Black Archives about Hermina and Otto Huiswoud, fighters against colonialism and for black communism. He documented Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean Favela on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy and visited the Clichy Sous Bois district in Paris, where uprisings erupted in 2005 following the deaths of Bouna and Zyed, two boys who died after a chase hidden from the police.
Press release | September 2020
Lalalala, 2019 © Susanne Khalil Yusef, courtesy of the artist.
At first glance, the brightly coloured work of Susanne Khalil Yusef’s (1984, Germany) seems lighthearted and playful: a group of small ceramic ornaments painted in yellow, blue and orange; a tower plastered with photographs of smiling people; and spray-painted on the windows, the text 'lalalalalalala' in bright pink, visible from the street. The lightheartedness is deceiving. Khalil Yusef’s art calls attention to the acute topics of migration, identity and displacement of, in particular, the Palestinian people. The use of neon paint is not applied to create a cheerful environment but rather refers to danger, to emergencies. The bright colours emphasise the urgency of the untold and unheard stories about Palestinian diaspora.
Persbericht | Amsterdam, september 2020
Making of a floor, 2020 C Marta Capilla Urbano, courtesy of the artist
In honour of the graduation this year Foam presents the newest works from the students of the department photography of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. The young artists exhibit work that was mainly curated during the Corona lock-down.
The forced introspection and the following changes in the graduation concepts, delivered very different results than what would have been realised under normal circumstances. Still all the works have a large relevance within the context of our new reality.
Press release | September 2020
Avatar, Make a Human, 2017, from the series The Y © Alba Zari, courtesy of the artist.
On the occasion of the European Month of Photography, Foam presents the exhibition Foam Talent 2020, with works from a new generation of visual artists, at KühlhausBerlin.
Each year, Foam invites photographers to submit their portfolios via the Talent Call, an international search for exceptionally talented photographers under the age of 35. Selected photographers gain international exposure and recognition within the photography industry through a number of career-building opportunities offered by Foam, including publication in Foam Magazine, participation in a travelling group exhibition and the opportunity for their work to be added to the prestigious Art Collection Deutsche Börse of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation in Frankfurt. After former editions in New York, London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and Amsterdam in the last years, it is the first time Foam shows a Foam Talent exhibition in Berlin.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.