Press Release | Amsterdam, November 2020
This winter, Foam is all about young talent and proudly presents the work of a new generation of artists in the group exhibition Foam Talent 2020.
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 an edition in Berlin earlier this year and the online version Foam Talent | Digital Foam will now show the exhibition in it’s headquarters in Amsterdam.
These exceptional young photographers 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. With the works of this new generation of artists, Foam presents its vision on the diverse – and often surprising – developments in current photography.
ABOUT FOAM TALENT AMSTERDAM
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.
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 analog and the digital, between myths and belief systems, between the private and public and between fact and fiction.
*Foam Talent 2020 was shown for the first time in Berlin last October. This exhibition would also have been hosted in London, Paris and Amsterdam during Unseen, which has unfortunately been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For this reason Foam presents this travelling exhibition in Foam this year.
Foam Talent | Amsterdam is on show from 18 December 2020 until 6 October 2021.
The Foam Talent programme and the annual Talent issue of Foam Magazine are supported by the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, the Niemeijer Fund and the VandenEnde Foundation.
Foam Talent is made possible by Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab, Oschatz Visuelle Medien, Starframe and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV, supplier of excellent paper.
Media partner: DAZED
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members and Olympus.
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