The legendary photographer Weegee (b. Usher Fellig, 1899) is regarded as the prototypical modern photojournalist and one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. His photographs have an immediate, almost violent impact. They show crimes and accidents in the New York of the 1930s and 1940s, but also simply life and events on the streets of the city. This is the single most important and most extensive collection of Weegee’s work made up exclusively of original vintage prints.
DANIEL & GEO FUCHS – STASI - SECRET ROOMS
14 March - 4 June 2008
Sonderhaftanstalt Bautzen II, Besucherzimmer, 2004 © Daniel & Geo Fuchs
The exhibition by German artist duo Daniel & Geo Fuchs opens up the hidden rooms once used by the STASI, the infamous East German secret service, in a series of monumental photos. While much of the former DDR infrastructure has been destroyed, or given an entirely new function, the clandestine spaces that Daniel and Geo Fuchs photographed are still in their original condition. The typical Eastern European interiors, with their functional furniture and sober colours seem remarkably styled in retrospect; but most of all, what this large, intriguing project shows is the symbiosis of architecture, power and powerlessness.
24 – 25 May 2008
Foam_fusion, 2008 © Woes van Haaften
Foam_fusion is a dynamic weekend aimed at a wide audience of photography enthusiasts. For two days, Foam is a place where guests and visitors from The Netherlands and abroad meet each other. The programme includes a range of activities: films and documentaries, presentations and slide shows, discussions and debates, dialogues, workshops, portfolio discussions, a photo book market, a dance performance and much more.
MALICK SIDIBÉ – CHEMISES
13 June – 15 October 2008
Bal Elèves sages-femmes, Grand Hotel, 1963 © Malick Sidibé / association GwinZegal
Malick Sidibé (b. 1935) is the éminence grise of African photography. The centrepiece of the show Chemises is a series of original chemises, coloured sheets of card on which Sidibé pasted small prints of the photos he took at parties and events in Bamako, the capital of Mali, between 1962 and 1973. Partygoers were able to view and order copies of photos after the event. The chemises are accompanied by numerous portraits taken by Sidibé in the 1970s at his studio in Bagadadji, a working-class area of Bamako. Together the displays offer a unique and often heartwarming insight into Malinese society in the early years following independence.
KORS VAN BENNEKOM – KORS’ KEUZE
11 July – 14 September 2008
Ine, Josephine and Janine, Texel, 1962 © Kors van Bennekom
In 1956, at the height of the Cold War, Kor van Bennekom began working as a photographer for the communist newspaper De Waarheid. His photos provide a magnificent record of ordinary, hard-working people in a city rebuilding after the war, racked by poverty and unrest. From 1966 onwards Van Bennekom brought street photography into the theatre, portraying Dutch and international actors, musicians, ballet dancers and cabaret artists in a bold and vibrant style. And all the while, Van Bennekom also photographed his family. Kor van Bennekom is a combination of street photographer, theatre photographer and family photographer, whose remarkable oeuvre reflects the history of the Netherlands. This show, featuring many unique photos, is opened by Job Cohen, mayor of Amsterdam.
MIYAKO ISHIUCHI - PHOTOGRAPHS 1976 – 2005
19 September - 16 November 2008
No. 35, from the Mother's series, 2002 © Miyako Ishiuchi
Foam presents the first European retrospective of Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi (b. 1947). A central theme in her work is the way time leaves traces on objects and the human body. She finds beauty in places where we typically would not look. The artist brought attention to herself at Biennial 2005 in Venice with her collection Mother’s, but the remainder of her work had not yet been presented collectively in Europe. Foam aims to remedy this with an exhibition of over ninety of her works.
HELEN LEVITT – IN THE STREET
24 October 2008 – 18 January 2009
Children wearing masks, New York, 1939 © Helen Levitt
Helen Levitt (b. 1913, New York). Inspired by her mentors and friends Walker Evans and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Levitt recorded life on the streets of 1940s New York in black-and-white photos. Her work set the tone for a new documentary style in American photography. In the Street features a series of contact sheets that show how Levitt moved about when photographing on the streets, recording the choreography of the people around her. Helen Levitt was also a pioneer of colour photography. In addition to her black-and-white photos, the exhibition also features a selection of her famous dye-transfers (colour photos).
FOAM PAUL HUF AWARD: PIETER HUGO
5 September – 2 November 2008
Abdullahi Mohammed with Mainasara, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 © Pieter Hugo
In March 2008, Hugo was selected by an international jury as winner of the KLM Paul Huf Award 2008. Due to this, his exhibition The Hyena & Other Men is shown in Foam. Pieter Hugo travelled to Nigeria twice (in 2005 and 2007) to follow a legendary group of itinerant street artists known as the Hyena Men. These men earn their money by performing on the streets with hyenas, pythons and baboons, and by selling traditional medicines. In his monumental portraits Hugo manages to capture the complex interaction between the dressers and their animals.
FOAM TALENT CALL
The third annual Talent Issue showcases the work of 12 young talented photographers aged between 18 - 35 selected from Foam’s annual Talent Call. Chosen from over 300 portfolios submitted from every region of the globe from Africa to Asia, Europe to South America - the Talent Issue aims to collate and investigate the future of photography.
Installation Joost Vandebrug in Foam 3h, 2008 © Foam
In 2008, the following artists were asked to present their work in Foam's project space for young talent, Foam 3h:
Erik van der Weijde
Foam Book Market, 2008 © Woes van Haaften
Jessica Dimmock | Foam_Lab: Estafette | FLY - My World | Domingo Milella | Gina Kranendonk | Swapan Parekh | Viviane Sassen | Martina Sauter | Kees Scherer | Taryn Simon | YIP (Young In Prison) | Virtueel Museum Zuidas
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Delta Lloyd, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.