Gallery Mercatorplein X Foam 3h
Gallery Mercatorplein is a recurring photo exhibition in the public space. This edition shows the works of three Foam 3h photographers.

Especially for Gallery Mercatorplein Foam selected three artists who had or will have an exhibition at Foam in 2017: Diego Moreno (Mexico, 1992), Osborne Macharia (Kenya, 1986) and Stefanie Moshammer (Austria, 1988). Foam 3h is the exhibition space where recently graduated artists are invited to present their first museum exhibit. 

Work of Osborne Macharia at Gallery Mercatorplein X Foam 3h, 2017 © Foam

Foam and Amsterdam-West district have been working together for years in realising several exhibitions on Mercatorplein. With Gallery Mercatorplein Foam contributes to the goal of Amsterdam-West to shape Mercatorplein as the living room of the De Baarsjes neighbourhood. Foam regularly shows photography outside its walls with exhibitions on location to introduce photography to the widest possible audience.

Referencing the Mexican style of magical realism, Moreno fuses apocalyptic visions of the Catholic religion with pre-Hispanic traditions. Over three years Diego Moreno staged scenes of panzudos in domestic spaces, portraying the home as a place plagued by ghosts to evoke the disturbing history of his family. 

Osborne Macharia creates monumental portraits of members from invented Kenyan tribes. Through highly stylised Afro-futuristic imagery, Macharia reformulates real events in the history of Kenya, such as British colonial rule and the Mau Mau rebellion.

Moshammer, who is based in Austria, presents visual stories connected to her own experiences and observations. Her personal impressions of remarkable locations result in colourful and poetic images. Stefanie Moshammer is the first recipient of the Florentine Riem Vis grant for her work Vegas and She and the series Land of Black Milk, which she photographed in Rio de Janeiro. 

Gallery Mercatorplein is made possible thanks to the City of Amsterdam, District West.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, the City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

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