Hidden Realities: A conversation between Laia Abril and Carmen Winant
Foam is pleased to host an online Zoom conversation between artists Laia Abril and Carmen Winant on 10 February. The conversation will follow-up an expansive email conversation between the two, discussing their work.

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Laia Abril and Carmen Winant both use in-depth research and mixed-media installations to develop projects around underexposed phenomena, mostly related to current and historical feminist ideals. The online Zoom conversation will examine their methods of storytelling, the position of the artist relating to their subject and questions the relationship between art and activism.

Shrinky Recipe, 2019, On Rape © Courtesy Laia Abril & Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire.⁠

Abril is the fourteenth winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award, an annually awarded price for young photographers. Her multidisciplinary practice includes photography, text, video and sound. Her solo exhibition at Foam, On Rape: A History of Misogyny, Chapter Twopresents a series of conceptual portraits and testimonies that together symbolise the current impunity of institutional rape. 

Carmen Winant is a writer and visual artist who works with collage, mixed media and installations. She explores the representation of women and the potential of feminism through her work. Winant received her Master in Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts. Alongside two solo exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles, she participated in multiple group exhibitions and has published two books: My Life as a Man (2015) and My Birth (2018).

The event will be introduced by Claartje van Dijk, curator of the exhibition at Foam. Afterwards, a written exchange between the two artists will be featured in Foam Magazine #58: Talent.

The online conversation will take place via Zoom and will be followed by a Q&A and the possibility for the audience to ask questions via the chat function. 

The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Tim Hetherington Trust and the Magnum Foundation, and is a collaboration with Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire.

The Foam Paul Huf Award is made possible with the generous support from an anonymous partner.

Foam collaborates with Centrum Seksueel Geweld. For help or questions, please reach out to www.centrumseksueelgeweld.nl.⁠

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

In 2021 Foam receives additional support from Kickstart Cultuurfonds and the Mondriaan Fund. 

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Hidden Realities: A conversation between Laia Abril and Carmen Winant