Press release | 4 April 2017
Foam Magazine #47: Propaganda, is now available. Propaganda, the manipulation of political opinion by means of carefully selected information or disinformation, is common to all eras. But rarely was the playing field so ambiguous and the players so hard to identify. Now more than ever, therefore, we regard it as of the greatest importance to devote an issue of Foam Magazine to ‘Propaganda.’ In an age defined by the alarming rise of Post-Truth politics, it is imperative to take a closer look at the nature and provenance of information, especially visual material.
© Christopher Anderson
Robert Rauschenberg’s NASA-commissioned Stoned Moon series aside, as well as Alexander Rodchenko’s work for the Soviet propaganda magazine USSR in Construction, the portfolios shown here are mainly by contemporary photographers. From Christopher Anderson’s powerful commentary on the visual spectacle of US election cycles to Mathieu Asselin’s dismantling of the shameless statements put out by agricultural multinational Monsanto, these artists share a critical attitude to propagandist media strategies and the imagery deployed within them. A range of accompanying texts further underline the capacity of art to expose power, and where possible, show its true face.
Beyond the selection of portfolios, Foam Magazine’s regular features include an experimental ‘Self Portrait’ by Thomas Mailaender, before delving into a recent collaboration between Roger Ballen and Asger Carlsen in ‘Unexpected Marriages.’ Maya Rochat and Osservatorio Fotografico provide visual diaries in ‘Snapshots,’ whilst an extended interview sees Lucy Conticello – photo director of M le Magazine du Monde – discuss whether there is still a gender gap amongst both editors and the photographers they assign.
Christopher Anderson (CA), Mathieu Asselin (FR/VE), Roger Ballen (US), Wafaa Bilal (IQ), Asger Carlsen (DK), Simone Donati (IT), David Favrod (JP/CH), Osservatorio Fotografico (IT), Thomas Mailaender (FR), Sarah Maple (UK), Simon Menner (DE), Rico & Michael (CH), Sabine Mirlesse (US), Jaya Pelupessy (NL), Márton Perlaki (HU), Ivor Prickett (IE), Robert Rauschenberg (US), Émilie Régnier (CA), Maya Rochat (CH) and Harit Srikhao (TH).
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