Foam proudly presents Fixing Shadows, an exhibition of the work of Eric Gyamfi (1990, GH), the artist selected by an international jury as the winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award 2019.
Eric Gyamfi uses storytelling to position his own past into a more universal experience of belonging. His self-portraits and quasi-diaristic installations about his own nomadic existence are deeply personal, yet transcend his individual experience. The artist employs an array of visual methods to recount memories that hover somewhere between autobiography and fiction. His work consists of collages, writings, sound and prints that were developed using various processes, such as cyanotype and screen-printing.
At the invitation of Foam, Gyamfi translated his scrapbook-aesthetic onto the museum walls. The resulting installations make us reconsider the meaning of a photographic image as a record of the truth or the externalization of personal memory. Instead, the photograph is presented as a powerful but deeply ambiguous tool to recount and reinvent stories – be they true or false.
Eric Gyamfi is the winner of the 13th Foam Paul Huf Award, which is awarded annually by an international jury to talented photographers under the age of 35.
The exhibition is made possible by Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab.
The Foam Paul Huf Award is made possible by the generous support from an anonymous partner.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.
ABOUT THE FOAM PAUL HUF AWARD
The Foam Paul Huf Award, which is awarded annually to talented international photographers under the age of 35, includes a cash prize of €20,000 and an exhibition at Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam. The jury has chosen Eric Gyamfi as the winner out of 100 nominees from 25 countries. Previous winners include Taryn Simon (2007), Alex Prager (2012), Daniel Gordon (2014) and Daniel Shea (2018).