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Foam Talent | Digital
19 November - 21 April 2021

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.

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Laia Abril - On Rape: A History of Misogyny, Chapter Two
6 November 2020 - 7 March 2021

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.

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Foam Talent | Amsterdam 2020
18 December 2020 - 21 April 2021

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.

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Foam 3h: Les Adu - I Am 
18 December 2020 - 11 April 2021

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’.

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Recommended: Olympus Fellowship
Karla Hiraldo Voleau,
Tobias Kruse & Mika Sperling
12 March - 6 June 2021

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.

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

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