Foam Paul Huf Award

Felipe Romero Beltrán wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2023

Felipe Romero Beltrán works on long-term projects that often spring from political tensions over borders and migration and return to the individual living body and its control. His work was chosen by an independent and renowned jury of industry specialists out of around 100 nominees. The Foam Paul Huf Award is presented annually to an upcoming photography talent to encourage photographers in their artistic development.

Dialect, 2020 © Felipe Romero Beltrán.

Felipe Romero Beltrán

Nominated by Maria Ptqk, Jokin Aspuru and Lucia Janto

Felipe Romero Beltrán (1992) is a Colombian photographer based in Madrid, Spain. In 2010, he earned a scholarship in Argentina and moved to Buenos Aires to study photography. By that time, he had developed an interest in documentary photography and travelled many times abroad for his projects. In 2016, he moved to Madrid, Spain. He got a master's degree in photography. Felipe focuses on social issues, dealing with the tension that new narratives introduce in the field of documentary photography. At the same time, He is currently preparing a PhD dissertation on documentary photography at Complutense University of Madrid. His practice, characterized by its interest in social matters, is the result of long-term projects accompanied by extensive research on the subject. The photographer's work proposes an interpretation of historical and social concerns, approaching cases that relate to their personal background.

Felipe has been awarded in different international competitions: Aperture Portfolio Prize (2022, USA), Die Biennale fur Aktuelle Fotografie (2022, DE), Joop Swart Masterclass (2020, NL), GetxoPhoto Award (2020), Photobook Madrid Prize (2020, SP), LumixFestival (2020, DE), New York Times Portfolio Review (2019, USA), Photoespaña HACER (2019, SP), Tabacalera Cantera (2019, SP), ARTBO Colombia (2019, COL).

Shortlist artists

To produce an internationally representative selection, Foam approached specialists and experts in the field of photography from various parts of the world who selected a number of talented upcoming photographers in their own region working in all photographic genres. For the first time in the history of the award, Foam is proud to also announce the artists who made the shortlist of this year's Foam Paul Huf Award.

woman licking knife with watermelon in hand
Image from the series ArrivalFarah Al Qasimi, courtesy of the artist.
woman wearing headscarf and pink lipstick
Image from the series Tell the trees to smileMyriam Boulos, courtesy of the artist.
people swimming and tanning at wooden platform by a lake
Image from the series Where I was BornLisa Bukreyeva, courtesy of the artist.
red glove with grapes
Image from the series Italia o ItaliaFederico Clavarino, courtesy of the artist.
person with green hair, accessories, purple mask with fringe
Image from the series Tupamaras TechnophallusAnna Ehrenstein, courtesy of the artist.
woman upside down cow legs
Image from the series Dairy CharacterOdette England, courtesy of the artist.
police officer in armour arresting a person
Image from the series Except the cloudsBérangère Fromont, courtesy of the artist.
metal mask under water
Image from the series Trans Human NatureAnouk Kruithof, courtesy of the artist.
destroyed supermarket shelves
Image from the series EvidenceSasha Kurmaz, courtesy of the artist.
woman sleeping in white bed
Image from the series Mr & Mrs DasSarker Protick, courtesy of the artist.
boys carrying another boy
Image from the series DialectFelipe Romero Beltrán, courtesy of the artist.
people sitting in bus, one person hanging out of the window
Image from the series Escaping the HeatwaveFethi Sahraoui, courtesy of the artist.
portrait of woman with blurry background
Image from the series LanguorDonavon Smallwood, courtesy of the artist.
painting behind tape roster
Image from the series HiddenElena Subach, courtesy of the artist.
woman driving red truck
Mom (detail), 2016Diana Tamane, courtesy of the artist.

Farah Al Qasimi

Nominated by Kathrin Schönegg

Farah Al Qasimi was born in the United Arab Emirates, after the Gulf War, and before the oil boom. She was originally conceived as quintuplets but was the only one to make it through the pregnancy. When she came into the world, her mother had hoarded bottles of water and canned food in our attic because of the widespread fear of the violence encroaching on their small corner of the Gulf peninsula. Al Qasimi's arrival to the world was shrouded in an anxious urgency that informs her life and work.

There wasn’t much to do in her adolescence. She played soccer on the street, went to the McDonald’s attached to the gas station, and reenacted music videos in friends’ basements. It is this spirit of desperate imagination that she now understands as central to her drive as an artist: the need to alchemize her environment into something greater than the sum of its parts; to understand how the world works through its structures and surfaces. Al Qasimi has played in punk bands since her youth. She learned to play the guitar under her bed sheets so her parents wouldn’t hear the grotesque lyrics of the songs she was trying to play and won a scholarship to study music at Yale University but was drawn to photography after happening upon a darkroom class. Photography is the only language that comes clearly to Al Qasimi: it is at once an obsession, a compulsion, an organizing tool, and a harness for chaos. It is the only way she can form memories of the places around her that are at risk of disappearance or renewal.

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Image from the series Arrival © Farah Al Qasimi, courtesy of the artist.

Myriam Boulos

Nominated by Zied Ben Romdhane

Myriam Boulos was born in 1992 in Lebanon. At the age of 16, she started to use her camera to question Beirut, its people, and her place among them. She graduated with a master's degree in photography from Alba in 2015. Myriam took part in both national and international collective exhibitions. In 2020 she co-founded and became the photo editor of Al Hayya, a bilingual magazine that publishes literary and visual content on the works, interests and strife of women in her region. In 2021, she joined Magnum Photos.

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Image from the series Tell the trees to smile © Myriam Boulos, courtesy of the artist.

Lisa Bukreyeva

Nominated by Kateryna Radchenko

Lisa Bukreyeva (1993) is a photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine. She got into photography in 2019. Member of Burn My Eye Collective.

Awards: Italian Street Photography festival, finalist 2021 BIAŁYSTOK INTERPHOTO FESTIVAL | winner in street art photo category 2021 PEP New Talents | shortlisted 2022 Baku Street Photography festival | 3rd place in series category (Dead Water) Group exhibitions: 2022 Photo Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland 2022 Noorderlicht, Groningen, Netherlands 2022 Deichtor Hallen Internationale Kunst Und Fotographie, Hamburg, Germany 2022 Nulid Gallery, Iceland 2022 PEP, Kommunale Galerie, Berlin, Germany 2021 BIAŁYSTOK INTERPHOTO FESTIVAL 2020 ICP Concerned, New York, USA 2019 Kyiv Photo Fair, Ukraine Publications: Metal Magazine The New York Magazine Damn magazine (#81 cover + publication) Spiegel Zeit Blind Zeitung magazin WOZ Booooooom! Fisheye Magazine Eyeshot magazine Bird In Flight Perimetro Untitled Reporters The Village Ukraine The Ukraїner.

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Image from the series Where I was Born © Lisa Bukreyeva, courtesy of the artist.

Federico Clavarino

Nominated by Tommaso Parrillo

Federico Clavarino is a visual artist and educator. He studied creative writing at Alessandro Baricco’s Scuola Holden in Turin and documentary photography at Fosi Vegue’s BlankPaper Escuela in Madrid. He also holds a master's degree from the Royal College of Art in London, where he is currently doing a practice-based PhD. Eight of his books have been published so far and his works have been exhibited in festivals, galleries and museums all over Europe. He taught at BlankPaper Escuela from 2012 to 2017, and more recently, he gives lectures and workshops internationally, collaborating with museums, schools and universities.

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Image from the series Italia o Italia © Federico Clavarino, courtesy of the artist.

Anna Ehrenstein

Nominated by Barbara Gregov

Anna Ehrenstein (1993) works in artistic practice with a focus on research and mediation. Her work explores the relationship between human and object in the digital age. While her mother came to Germany on a working visa, her father left due to rejected asylum, and after a trans-European odyssey started anew in Tirana. This biographical peculiarity sparked her interest in the necropolitics of migration. Raised between the two societies' reflections on diaspora related hi and lo culture, the social life of things and the politics of intellectual property form the main foci of her work.

She studied photography and media arts at the University of Applied Arts in Dortmund and the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Additionally, she frequented curatorial classes in Valetta and Lagos and sees her work as an art educator as part of her artistic and activist practice. Working in various forms and shapes of collectivity is as central to her work as the questioning of power asymmetries within the colonial legacies of photographic practices. She works with a variety of groups together on collaborative artistic projects, e.g. amongst others for the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, within the intersectional, feminist collective N*A*I*L*S , the Critical Academy in Dublin or Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. She exhibited internationally and was awarded grants, residencies and research scholarships.

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Image from the series Tupamaras Technophallus © Anna Ehrenstein, courtesy of the artist.

Odette England

Nominated by Daniel Boetker-Smith

Odette England’s work has been exhibited worldwide in over 100 museums and galleries. It is held in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and New Mexico Museum of Art. England is a 2022/2023 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow.

Other recent honours include a Rhode Island Council Photography Fellowship and grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund, and Anonymous Was a Woman. She was a 2022 Prix Pictet nominee and a finalist for the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Libraryman Award, and Loose Joints Publishing Award, among others. In 2023, England is a PhotoAccess Artist Fellow in Canberra, Australia, the EKARD artist-in-residence at Bucknell University, and artist-in-residence at Marble House Project, Vermont. She has published three award-winning photobooks, including Dairy Character, awarded the 2021 Light Work Book Award, and shortlisted for Australian Photobook of the Year. England received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a PhD from the Australian National University. She is a visiting professor at Brown University and Amherst College.

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Image from the series Dairy Character © Odette England, courtesy of the artist.

Bérangère Fromont

Nominated by Laura Lafon

Bérangère Fromont has lived and worked in Paris for twenty years now. She is a resident of the contemporary creation venue POUSH Manifesto. As a teenager, she was obsessed with the Spanish war, as her grandfather was a Republican worker who fought fascism. He was an anarchist and fled to France to join the Resistance. She studied film and literature at the Sorbonne in the 90s and has a master's degree and wrote her thesis on Salò by Pasolini. This was when she discovered the poetic and political metaphor of the fireflies. It has since become a recurring motif in her work. She then left filmmaking for the immediacy of photography and devoted herself to long-term personal projects.

Cosmos, her first series with teenagers in Arles, was published as a book in 2015. I Don't Want to Disappear Completely, a series with teenagers in Latvia, was published in 2017. Except the Clouds, a series about Athens, was published with the support of the French Institute in 2018. And her most recent work, L'amour seul brisera nos coeurs, was published with the support of the CNAP in Paris in 2022. All her books received good reviews from a number of critics – the two latter were mentioned on many best-books-of-the-year lists. In the last fifteen years, her work has been exhibited worldwide as well as featured in various web and paper publications. In addition to her personal work, she also enjoys collaborating with other artists, including painters, poets, and musicians.

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Image from the series Except the clouds © Bérangère Fromont, courtesy of the artist.

Anouk Kruithof

Nominated by Iris Sikking

Anouk Kruithof (1981) is a Dutch visual artist whose multilayered, transdisciplinary approach encompasses photography, sculpture, installation, artist-books, text, performance, video, animation, websites and (social and collaborative) interventions. Kruithof is a refreshingly original contribution to contemporary photography. She lives and works between Brussels, Berlin, the Netherlands, and her wooden house in Botopasi (Suriname) in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest.

Since 2006 she has exhibited internationally at institutions such as MoMA, New York, Museum Tinguely Basel, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Centro de La Imagen Mexico City, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam and TATE London. Her works are included in public collections such as SF MoMA San Francisco, Museum Folkwang Essen, Museum Voorlinden Wassenaar, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Aperture Foundation New York. Anouk Kruithof's work is part of the gallery of honour Dutch photography at Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. She won the public prize of the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs in 2016, the Meijburg Art Commission in 2015 and the Charlotte Köhler Prize in 2014. She also received an Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography in New York in 2012 and the Jury Grand Prize of Festival International de Mode et de Photographie in Hyères, France in 2011.

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Image from the series Trans Human Nature © Anouk Kruithof, courtesy of the artist.

Sasha Kurmaz

Nominated by Emma Bowkett

Sasha Kurmaz was born in 1986 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he currently lives and works. In 2008 he graduated from the Design Department at the National Academy of Culture and Arts in Kyiv, and the Communications Engineering Department at the Kyiv Electromechanical College in 2005.

Kurmaz's works have been highly praised and widely presented at many international exhibitions and festivals, including exhibitions at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, C/O Berlin, Latvian Museum of Photography, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Kaunas Photo Festival, Akademie der Künste (Berlin), NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Museum Folkwang, Athens Photo Festival, Skovde Art Museum, Zamek Ujazdowski, Format Photo Festival, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, and many others. His work has been published in a wide range of international magazines and newspapers, including Liberation, Foam Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Vice, Bloomberg Businessweek, Krytyka Polityczna, Fisheye, YET magazine, Rolling Stones, Fotograf, Adbusters magazine, Die ZEIT. In 2016 he received the C/O Berlin Talent Award (Germany), and Kazimir Malevich Artist Award in 2020 (Ukraine).

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Image from the series Evidence © Sasha Kurmaz, courtesy of the artist.

Sarker Protick

Nominated by Tanzim Wahab

Sarker Protick has developed a practice that combines the roles of an image-maker, a teacher and infrequently a curator. His works revolve around the subjects of temporality, materiality of time and the metaphysical prospects of Light and Space. Protick has formed a series of works that are built on long-term surveys rooted in Bangladesh, while simultaneously exploring ideas that blurs the notion of geopolitical boundaries. Incorporating detailed observations and subtle gestures, his works propose a subjective space, often minimal, vast and atmospheric. Protick studied at the South Asian Media Institute – Pathshala in Dhaka, where he is currently teaching for last ten years. Protick is a co-curator of Chobi Mela, the longest running International Photography Festival in Asia. His work has received several recognition and fellowships, including Joop Swart Masterclass, Foam Talent, Light Work Residency, Magnum Foundation Fund, World Press Photo Award etc. Protick is represented by Shrine Empire in Delhi.

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Image from the series Mr & Mrs Das © Sarker Protick, courtesy of the artist.

Fethi Sahraoui

Nominated by Zied Ben Romdhane

Born in 1993, in the Southern town of Hassi R'Mel, Fethi Sahraoui is an Algerian documentary photographer, working on the social landscape, after studying foreign languages at the university of his town Mascara, he graduated in 2018 after preparing his final studies project about the contribution of Black American photographers during The Civil Rights Movement to become a full-time photographer. Fethi's work was shown in different institutions like The Arab World Institute and published on numerous platforms like the New York Times among others. He is a member of the 220Collective, a Magnum Foundation fellow, and a participant in the last edition of The Joop Swart Masterclass, Fethi is working on a movie project as well that started out from a photographic adventure.

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Image from the series Escaping the Heatwave © Fethi Sahraoui, courtesy of the artist.

Donavon Smallwood

Nominated by Emma Bowkett

Donavon Smallwood was born in 1994 in New York City, where he later completed a bachelor's degree at Hunter College. He is a self-trained photographer who grew up in a household which emphasized literature and a deep engagement with the tradition of art. For him, photography, as with all art/creation, is a communion with the divine and he uses the medium as a means of exploring Man, human imagination, essence, and nature. His first monograph, Languor, was published by Trespasser Books in the winter of 2021. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Foam and Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen. His photographs are included in a handful of collections, including the Rijksmuseum. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2021 Aperture Portfolio Prize. Periodical features and editorial clients include The Atlantic, TIME, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Guardian.

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Image from the series Languor © Donavon Smallwood, courtesy of the artist.

Elena Subach

Nominated by Kateryna Radchenko

Elena Subach (1980) is a Ukrainian visual artist and photographer. Born in Chervonohrad, Ukraine. Currently, the artist lives and works in Lviv. Elena studied economics and received her master's degree at the Lesia Ukrainka Eastern European National University, department of economics, before she turned to photography. In an auto-didactic way, she developed her own unique vision of Ukrainian visual culture. Elena has also been working in curatorial practice at the Lviv National Art Gallery since 2019 and teaches courses in art history and curatorial practice at the School of Visual Communications SCVOT in Kyiv.

She is a member of the Ukrainian Photographic Alternative Association. She has received awards such as the New East Photo Prize (2016), Future Talents 2019 nominee and the Gaude Polonia Scholarship (2019) while her photographs have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including British Journal of Photography, Weltkunst, Vogue Poland, the Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung and many others. Her work has been shown at international exhibitions, most recently at the Nordic House in Reykjavik, Photo Elysee Museum of Photography in Lausanne, Kunstforum Wien in Vienna, Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv, Willy Brandt House in Berlin, the World Bank in Washington DC and the Tycho Brahe Museum in Ven, Sweden. Her book Hidden was released by British publisher Besides Press released in the autumn of 2022.

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Image from the series Hidden © Elena Subach, courtesy of the artist.

Diana Tamane

Nominated by Adam Mazur

Diana Tamane was born in Riga, Latvia in 1986, and currently lives and works in Tartu, Estonia. In the artist’s works, family albums, documents and private correspondence are transformed into catalysts, making it possible to reveal not only touching autobiographical stories but also apt portrayals of society and recent history, as well as the increasing role of photography in everyday life.

Tamane graduated from the Tartu Art College (BA) and Sint-Lukas School of Arts Brussels (MA). In 2015–2016 she attended HISK post-academic program in Ghent, Belgium. She has had solo exhibitions at the Kahan Art Space, Budapest (2023), Vienna (2022), Tartu Art Museum (2022), Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (2022), Kogo gallery, Tartu (2022), NART, Narva (2021), De Vereniging, S.M.A.K., Ghent (2020), ISSP Gallery, Riga (2020, 2018), Surplus Art Space, Wuhan (2017), Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga (2016) etc. Tamane has participated in the Kyiv Biennial (2021), the art festival Survival Kit 10.1 (2019), the 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018) and the Kathmandu Triennial (2017). In 2020 with APE (Art Paper Editions) she published her first Author's Book Flower Smuggler, which received the Author’s Book Award at Recontres d’Arles and was shortlisted for Aperture First Photobook Awards. Her works are included in the collections of Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), Latvian National Museum of Art and Tartu Art Museum (Estonia).

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Mom (detail), 2016 © Diana Tamane, courtesy of the artist.

The Foam Paul Huf Award is made possible by the generous support from Mentha.

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