With more than 100 photographs, varying from digital work, to colourful lightboxes to analogue black and white prints and several installations, the exhibition showcases a new generation of inspiring photographers who deploy their skills to address topics ranging from advertorial and commercial influences to reinterpreting the documentary qualities of the medium and its truth values. Through this diversely installed exhibition hosted by Beaconsfield in London, Foam presents its views on the current state of photography, creating a platform that introduces emerging talents in the international world of photography.
The synergy between Amsterdam’s leading photography museum and London’s laboratory and presentation space for contemporary art and artists, lies in their focus on identifying and developing new talent. Foam and Beaconsfield both direct their energies into providing a platform for the current generation of contemporary young artists, facilitating their exposure to a growing international audience.
Aaron Blum (United States), Alessandro Calabrese (Italy), Tom Callemin (Belgium), Sara Cwynar (Canada), David Favrod (Switzerland), Dominic Hawgood (United Kingdom), Guo Peng (China), Heikki Kaski (Finland), Matthew Leifheit & Cynthia Talmadge (United States), Mariam Medvedeva (France), Abel Minnée (The Netherlands), Marton Perlaki (Hungary), Constantin Schlachter (France), Sjoerd Knibbeler (The Netherlands), Justin James Reed (United States), Johan Rosenmunthe (Denmark), Jean-Vincent Simonet (France), Danila Tkachenko (Russia), Naohiro Utagawa (Japan), Christian Vium (Denmark) and Manon Wertenbroek (Switzerland).
The 21 photographers in the exhibition were originally selected from the Foam Talent Call 2015 to be featured in the annual Foam Magazine Talent Issue. This issue, Foam Magazine #42 serves as a catalogue for the show, featuring portfolios and bios on the photographers, plus extensive texts by several leading international experts.
Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall in London has provided a laboratory and presentation space for contemporary art and artists since 1995 supported, until recently, by regular public funding. Beaconsfield’s reputation rests on the staging of an international programme of commissions (beacons) in a range of art mediums (field) through exhibitions, residencies, talks and events. The recent arrival of Damien Hirst’s museum (the Newport Street Gallery) in one of the neighbouring buildings, is a promising development for the transformation of the area into an upcoming arts district.
This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of principal benefactors Spaces, WeTransfer, with additional support from Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab and The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London, United Kingdom.
The annual Foam Magazine Talent Issue and the related Talent Program is supported by the Niemeijer Fund.
Foam is supported by BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.
Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV and Hexspoor webshop support.