John Edmonds
A Sidelong Glance

John Edmonds (1989, US) is the winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award 2021. Part of this prize is the solo exhibition A Sidelong Glance. In his work, Edmonds examines issues of identity and power from an African-American perspective in an apparently simple yet essentially culturally complex way.

Holding a sculpture from the Ashanti 2019 C John Edmonds
Holding a Sculpture from the Ashanti, 2019John Edmonds.
A Guard for the Gods, 2020 C John Edmonds
A Guard for the Gods, 2020John Edmonds.
Still Life II 2018 C John Edmonds
Still Life II, 2018John Edmonds.
Anatolli & Collection 2019 C John Edmonds
Anatolli & Collection, 2019John Edmonds.

The African art objects Edmonds uses in the work have many facets. They function as symbols of traditional African cultural heritage or bearers of meanings of diaspora and memory. No matter what their exact reference is, they function as a means to explore subjects such as displacement and expropriation in contemporary society. Not only does Edmonds broaden the tradition of studio portraiture, but he also thoughtfully claims his place in rewriting the past and anchors it in our current world, where authenticity and identity are fluid.

Foam Paul Huf Award

The Foam Paul Huf Award is presented annually to a talented photographer under the age of 35. Foam has been organising this prize since 2007. The winner is appointed by an independent, international jury, with Edmonds being the fifteenth winner.

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The Foam Paul Huf Award was made possible in part by the generous support of Mentha Capital.

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Face As Mask II 2018 C John Edmonds

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John Edmonds
A Sidelong Glance