Press release | Amsterdam, October 2020
In honour of the graduation this year Foam presents the newest works from the students of the department photography of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. The young artists exhibit work that was mainly curated during the Corona lock-down.
The forced introspection and the following changes in the graduation concepts, delivered very different results than what would have been realised under normal circumstances. Still all the works have a large relevance within the context of our new reality.
The artists approach subjects that range from social topics to personal topics. Tomás Feijó unites the two seemingly opposing worlds of textile and graffiti by telling a story of illegal tagging on quilted photographs. And Tasio Bidegain tries to make sense of the visual excesses of today’s online landscape by arranging and transforming photographic imagery into endlessly detailed drawings. Shreya de Souza confronts in her seemingly airy video the viewer with serious critiques on the hidden and habitual norms in a heterosexual society, and Alizé Wachto reflects with her work on the representation of the female body.
Marta Capilla Urbano turned inward, with her work she reflects on her home life in colourful and perplexing photographic investigations, in which she captures and re-composes ordinary objects in her immediate surroundings. The chaos of present times reinforces Aurélie Sorrieaux’s feeling of determination to discover information about her identity and her family history which she expresses in her art. Sofie Flinth Bredholt returns to her homeland where she takes intimate portraits of her family members which give her a new feeling of satisfaction.
Dora Lionstone was also inspired by the chaotic modern times. In a world that seems upside down, she visualised alternative worlds which find their place between fact, fiction, science and imagination. From the darkest corners of her emotions Alma Kim finds comfort in recreating traditional shamanistic rituals and her relationship with her house plants.
Luca Penning makes the space between the layers of our perception concrete by inviting the observer to experience a feeling of calmness and contemplation by looking through a window with her.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, each artist managed to translate the chaos of contemporary life into art in a personal way.
Foam and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie have regularly collaborated in the past. In continuation of this long-standing tradition, the exhibition was conceived during the lockdown of 2020. As recent times have had a life-changing impact on us all, it is of great reassurance that both institutions and emerging artists maintain to work together and remain curious about their continuously changing perspectives.
The Graduation Show is on view from 17 September until 1 November in Foam.
Foam is open daily from 10.00 - 18.00 hr, thur/fri from 10.00 until 21.00 hr.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Foam Members, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.
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