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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 | 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.
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.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.