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Carlijn Jacobs Sleeping Beauty

Carlijn Jacobs works with today's leading brands and celebrities but manages to keep her images quirky and alienating. Sleeping Beauty is an invitation to the subconscious, where anything is possible. The exhibition features a combination of commissioned work and autonomous work that will premiere at Foam. The space in the museum will be enriched with designs by Sabine Marcelis.

About the exhibition

Carlijn Jacobs has a fascination with traditional forms of costume and disguise. She relates phenomena such as the Japanese geisha and the age-old tradition of the Venetian carnival to today's beauty and fashion scene. Jacobs is also currently experimenting with Artificial Intelligence, which takes her imagination to a peak: nothing is impossible yet. The images she manages to create via AI are like film stills of a strangely attractive nightmare.

On the occasion of this exhibition, Carlijn Jacobs invites Dutch artist and designer Sabine Marcelis to respond to her work by enriching the exhibition space with her designs, allowing Jacobs and Marcelis to create their ultimate dream world together.

© Carlijn Jacobs.
Carlijn Jacobs

About the artist

Carlijn Jacobs (1991, Groeningen, NL) studied photography at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, where she gained early recognition for her particular take on mass culture. Although she is creating a name for herself in fashion photography, her style is timeless. She draws inspiration from the visual language of the 1980s and 1990s and merges different art styles in surprising ways. Her work is colourful and expressive, and the dark undertones of surrealism play a significant role. Contrary to the general trend of the fashion world, she says she strives not for perfection but for peculiarity.

In 2021, Jacobs published her first monograph Mannequins with James Chester, at APE (Art Paper Editions). Simultaneously with the exhibition Sleeping Beauty at Foam, Jacobs releases a new, eponymous photobook with Note Note Éditions, as well as the publication Eyes. Her work has appeared in countless magazines, including Vogue, Vogue France, Vogue Italia, Dazed, Pop, D Repubblica, M le Monde and AnOther Magazine. She has created campaigns and images for Acne Studios, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Loewe and Mugler, among others. Carlijn Jacobs is represented by Art+Commerce and is based in Paris.

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© Carlijn Jacobs.

Walk-in Workshop

During this interactive workshop, you will have the chance to create images using DALL·E, under the guidance of our experienced museum teachers. You will receive a print of your best image to take home with you.⁠

The workshop is free and suitable for all ages. Join us every Sunday from 14.00 – 16.00 hrs. You are also welcome on Wednesday 27 December and 3 January from 14.00 - 16.00 hrs.

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© Carlijn Jacobs.

Foam 3h alumni

Sleeping Beauty by Carlijn Jacobs is part of the Foam 3h alum series. Foam 3h is the exhibition space where recently graduated artists and photographers are invited to present their first museum solo exhibition. Foam believes it is important to keep track of the careers of its talents and, since 2016, has been programming an exhibition every year by a Foam 3h alumnus who has made a remarkable development. Carlijn Jacobs debuted at Foam 3h in 2016 in the exhibition PS – Carlijn Jacobs, Elizaveta Porodina and Philippe Vogelenzang as an emerging talent during the major Helmut Newton retrospective. Previous 3h alumni include Danielle van Ark, Lorenzo Vitturi and Awoiska van der Molen.

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3h alumnus: Carlijn Jacobs – Sleeping Beauty is made possible by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds and Kleurgamma Fine Art Photolab. 

Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the city of Amsterdam.

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