Foam Talent 2020 | Berlin
22 October – 1 November 2020

Pressrelease | Amsterdam, September 2020
-> German pressrelease

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 Talent 2020 | Berlin<br>22 October – 1 November 2020
Foam Talent 2020 | Berlin<br>22 October – 1 November 2020
Foam Talent 2020 | Berlin<br>22 October – 1 November 2020
Foam Talent 2020 | Berlin<br>22 October – 1 November 2020
Foam Talent 2020 | Berlin<br>22 October – 1 November 2020
Foam Talent 2020 | Berlin<br>22 October – 1 November 2020
Foam Talent 2020 | Berlin<br>22 October – 1 November 2020

These artists are selected as Foam Talent 2020:
Aàdesokan (Nigeria), Sofia Borges (Brazil), Adji Dieye (Senegal/Italy), Rahima Gambo (Nigeria), Karla Hiraldo Voleau (France/Dominican Republic), Benoît Jeannet (Switzerland), Luther Konadu (Canada/Ghana), Matthew Leifheit (United States), Douglas Mandry (Switzerland), Philip Montgomery (United States), Camillo Pasquarelli (Italy), Simone Sapienza (Italy), Micha Serraf (Zimbabwe/South Africa), Hashem Shakeri (Iran), Gao Shang (China), Kamonlak Sukchai (Thailand), Guanyu Xu (China/United States), Yorgos Yatromanolakis (Greece), Alba Zari (Italy/Thailand).

These young talents were selected out of 1.619 received submissions from 69 countries. Their portfolios were published in the internationally distributed Foam Magazine #55: Talent. Subsequently, Foam will now present their work in a group exhibition.

Although Foam Talent symbolises a rich range of genres and uses of photography, the edition of Foam Talent 2020 is characterised by (sometimes lengthy) research, in which the role of the portrait is a recurring theme. 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. The diverse series and artworks in Foam Talent 2020 show individuals and communities that have long remained invisible or in the margins, exploring who we are and how we see ourselves in a constantly changing reality: between the analogue and the digital, between myths and belief systems, between the private and public and between fact and fiction.


Event: 16.00 hrs – 18.00 hrs
In collaboration with the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation and C/O Berlin, Foam organises Photography in limbo: nurturing talent in times of crisis as part of the European Month of Photography programme. A number of artists from the exhibition will present and discuss their work in artist talks and Q&As. The event will be concluded with a round-table conversation between the organising photography institutions to discuss talent development within the context of the New Normal.

NOTE: Limited seating capacity. Reservation is required. Please book your ticket in advance.
A registration fee of €5 applies, which can subsequently be applied as a discount voucher for Foam Magazine issues being sold at the venue.

Opening: 18.00 – 21.00 hrs
Foam Talent 2020 will be opened in the presence of a number of participating artists from 6.00 - 9.00 hrs. Access is free, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, RSVP is necessary.

Press can register via

From 22 October to 1 November, the exhibition will be opened daily from 12.00 to 18.00 hrs. Free entrance.

After the show in Berlin, the exhibition will be presented in Foam in Amsterdam, from 18 December 2020 until 7 April 2021.

Foam Talent | Berlin
22 October to 1 November 2020
Luckenwalder Str. 3
10963 Berlin

The Foam Talent programme and the annual Talent Issue of Foam Magazine are supported by the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, the VandenEnde Foundation and the Niemeijer Fund.

Foam Talent is made possible by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab, Oschatz Visuelle Medien and Starframe.

Foam Talent Berlin is made possible with the kind support of Outset Germany_Switzerland.

Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV, supplier of excellent paper.

Mediapartner: DAZED

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

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