Tracing identity and championing untold histories.
The Power of Play
How can art effect change? Foam curator Hinde Haest reflects on the exhibition Jonathas de Andrade Staging Resistance, alongside the methods and multiple dynamics within the artist's work. By collaborating with local communities, the artist questions the power relations that are at play in his native Brazil, and in the world at large.
Try out the ABC da Cana typewriter
ABC da Cana typewriter is a browser-based application that allows you to type a short message with the photograhps of the ABC da Cana series by artist Jonathas de Andrade. The performance of the letters of the alphabet can also be seen as a commentary on the level of illiteracy in rural Brazil.
Podcast with Jonathas de Andrade
In conversation with performance scholar Diana Taylor, Jonathas de Andrade gives us an insight into his creative process, his work and the way his practice has led him to better understand and intervene with his present reality in Brazil.
Jessica de Abreu's Bookshelf: The Black Archives
The Black Archives is a historical archive and cultural centre, located in Amsterdam’s East and the Black historical neighbourhood Bijlmer, where people can go for inspiring conversations, substantive activities and access books from Black and other perspectives that often remain underexposed elsewhere.
Foam invites Johny Pitts and Gloria Wekker
What does Afropean mean and how can it be defined? Photographer and journalist Johny Pitts is joined by professor and anthropologist Gloria Wekker as they discuss the term and reflect on his images made in Amsterdam.
Double Play: on Unbé t'aweró by Gilleam Trapenberg
"Even though we are on an island, there are no vistas in Unbé t'aweró. We're looking very closely - if only we know how to see it."
Curator Mirjam Kooiman writes about the series Unbé t'aweró by Gilleam Trapenberg.
zooming in with Foam Talents Plantation and Lisandro Suriel
In Photography, Performance and the Mythical, artist-archivist Angela N. Carroll speaks to Foam Talents Plantation (Ayomide Tejuoso) and Lisandro Suriel on how photography can act as a powerful tool in constructing cultural identity.
view the work in Foam Talent 2021 Digital
Discover the series Portraits in Madness by Plantation (Ayomide Tejuoso) and Ghost Island by Lisandro Suriel in the digital exhibition.
Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and Gemeente Amsterdam.