Out now: Foam Magazine #60 Glyphs – The Image + Text Issue

From art, literature and media to academia and internet culture, the visual and the written language have crossed paths many a time, creating a genre of their own. Learn more about the current issue of Foam Magazine
Image from the photo series 3eib! © written, directed, and shot by Sarah Bahbah, courtesy of the artist

From art, literature and media to academia and internet culture, the visual and the written language have crossed paths many a time, creating a genre of their own. Our interest lies in the current creation and consumption of images and text, which is why the following contributions look closely at current crossroads and intersections of the two. What meanings and stories can one medium give or take from the other? And how can they influence our thinking or the way we perceive and navigate a world of fact and fiction. We are delighted to offer possible answers through the contributions by Eeva Hannula, Ken Lum, Crystal Bennes, Shannon Ebner, Sarah Bahbah, Amani Willett, Mana Kikuta, amongst others.

The bodies of work presented here play with the ontological aspects and medium definition of image + text practices, which for so long have been presented as a consistent portion of Conceptual Art — and often limited by it. The new universe they create is one in which the relation between images and words is often pushed to the extremes, and at times, plays with the confusion between the two, or with their juxtaposition. In a way, this was the reason we decided to replace our usual focus chapters, which generally offer a theoretical perspective on each given theme, with an intervention we’ve never hosted before: a ‘book-within-a-book’ that gives text the main stage rather than the backseat.

The feature interview hosts art historian and newly appointed curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Oluremi C. Onabanjo about her commitment to the archive, the unwavering legacy of Africa’s photography and the importance of curiosity when it comes to collecting and curating, while Daniel Boetker-Smith gives us a look at his bookshelf selection, covering the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive’s focus on promoting photographers and photobooks from the Asian-Pacific region. Last but not least, we have another important reason to celebrate: our 60th edition is a milestone that makes us extremely proud and thankful. We invite you to celebrate this occasion as we step forward with the same curiosity, drive, reflection, love and questions for the medium that has led us to this point.

Cover: Image from the photo series 3eib!, © written, directed, and shot by Sarah Bahbah, courtesy of the artist

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Foam Magazine #60: Glyphs - The Image + Text Issue. Cover image: from the photo series 3eib! © written, directed, and shot by Sarah Bahbah, courtesy of the artist.⁠

contributing artists & writers

Jonathas de Andrade, Lívia Aquino, Anjali Arondekar, Eylem Atakav, Mariama Attah, Magali Avezou, Henri Badaröh, Sarah Bahbah, Reyer van Barneveld, Crystal Bennes, Daniel Boetker-Smith, David Campany, Angela N. Carroll, Federica Chiocchetti, Kevin Claiborne, Jörg Colberg, Tim Dean, Shannon Ebner, Hal Fischer, Eeva Hannula, Yining He, June Sark Heinrich, S*an D. Henry-Smith, Katy Hundertmark, Takahiro Ito, Joumana El Zein Khoury, Mana Kikuta, Luce Lebart, Chiara Di Leone, Jaime Lowe, Ken Lum, Erin McFadyen, Elisa Medde, Serubiri Moses, Cheryl Mukherji, Nicholas Muellner, Musuk Nolte, Olu Oguibe, Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Deborah Poole, Irene Antonia Diane Reece, Zoé Samudzi, Alisha Clytus Sett, Daniel Shea, Eugenie Shinkle, David Solo, M. Charlene Stevens, Nina Strand, Yina Jiménez Suriel, Chikashi Suzuki, Newsha Tavakolian, Catherine Taylor, Bernadette Triplett, Amani Willett, Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, Simone Zeefuik