Livecast: Conversations around Foam Talent 2020
The world is changing and old value systems are questioned. On the forefront of this change is a new generation of artists that demands a shift in society. What are their beliefs and stories?

This year, Foam and Pakhuis de Zwijger join forces around the exhibition Foam Talent 2020. Through a series of three livecasts, we will go into conversation with six upcoming artists. The conversation is moderated by Nadine Ridder, creative strategist, author, founder and co-founder IncludeNow.

In the final conversation of the series, we invite Foam Talent Adji Dieye (1991, Senegal/Italy) and Kamonlak Sukchai (1994, Thailand) and will discuss the topics that inform their work through the lenses of feminism and postcolonial critic.  

By applying the same visual language, they ask the viewer to reflect upon their influence on everyday life and question the structures of society. Adji Dieye uses the well-known Maggi stock cube as a metaphor to reveal the impact of global imperialistic trade on West African contemporary cultural identities. Kamonlak Sukchai is interested in the ideologies that shape society’s use of the allegorical tales handed down to us, and how stories from the past can be manipulated to control us in the present. Both of the artists fluctuate between fiction and traditions to create a narrative that reveals the larger discourses behind them.

-> Join the conversation on 16 March, 18.30 hrs CET via FB Live or Pakhuis de Zwijger. Register beforehand to receive a notification as soon as the livecast starts.

Image from the series Maggic Cube © Adji Dieye, courtesy of the artist.

In the second episode of the series, we invite Foam Talents Simone Sapienza (1990, Italy) and Camillo Pasquarelli (1988, Italy) to discuss new approaches within photojournalism. In the conversation, we examine if it is possible to document a place without showing the main subjects and objects. Both Sapienza and Pasquarelli choose alternative ways of storytelling in their projects. The conversation is joined by Isabelle van Hemert, photo editor at De Correspondent.

-> Watch the second episode with Simone and Camillo

In Rebellious Intimacies, we invited Karla Hiraldo Voleau (1992, FR/DO) and Guanyu Xu (1993, CN) to speak about their artistic practice and recent projects. Their portfolios give a personal insight into their conflicts with their families' expectations and how they revolt against these. In addition, Amelie Schüle, interim head of projects at Foam, joined the conversation to give her perspective on the themes within the series of the artists.

-> Watch the first episode with Karla and Guanyu

The Foam Talent programme and the annual Talent issue of Foam Magazine are supported by The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, the VandenEnde Foundation and the Niemeijer Fund.
Foam Talent is made possible by Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab, Starframe, Oschatz Visuelle Medien and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV, supplier of excellent paper.
Media partner: DAZED

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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Livecast: Conversations around Foam Talent 2020