Lunch talk on Spirit Photography
Join us on 9 April for a talk with artist Stéphanie Solinas and curator and writer Federica Chiocchetti about Spirit Photography.

Artist Stéphanie Solinas and curator and writer Federica Chiocchetti will discuss the phenomenon of Spirit Photography in relation to the exhibition Stéphanie Solinas – Dominique Lambert / Le Pourquoi Pas? that is on view at Foam from 24 February – 16 April 2017.

For her most recent work Le Pourquoi Pas? (2014 – 2016) Stéphanie Solinas attempted to capture the invisible spirits and elves that are said to dwell in the Icelandic landscape. The artist consulted mediums, geneticists and other experts of the mind and let their instructions guide her work. The resulting images and objects form a cerebral map of an invisible reality.

Photography has been used to capture invisible spirits and the deceased since its very invention. Curator and writer Federica Chiocchetti will deliver a lecture about the practice of spirit photography from the 19th century onwards. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with the artist Stéphanie Solinas about the way her work at Foam approaches the spiritual world. 


11.00  Introduction of the exhibition by Foam curator Hinde Haest
11.15  Lecture on Spirit Photography by Federica Chiocchetti 
12.00  Discussion with Stéphanie Solinas, Federica Chiocchetti and Hinde Haest

Participants can have lunch at Foam Café from 12.30 hrs. 

Stéphanie Solinas (France, 1978) graduated from the École nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière and obtained a PhD at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Her work has been exhibited in La Maison Rouge (Paris), during Rencontres d’Arles (Arles) and in Carré d’Art (Nîmes) among others. Solinas’ work was included in numerous public collections such as those of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Musée d’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne) and in various private collections. She published various books such as Dominique Lambert (2010), Sans titre, M. Bertillon (2012), Déserteurs (2013) and Dominique Lambert (2016). Solinas lives in Paris and teaches at Sciences Po and the École Supérieure d’Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen (ESADHaR).

Federica is a photography critic, curator and editor. She wrote a thesis on Spirit Photography and is currently working on her PhD in photography, fictions and text at the University of Westminster. She initiated the Photocaptionist, a platform where the intersections between images and words is explored. Recent exhibitions include Feminine Masculine: On the Struggle and Fascination of Dealing with the Other Sex, for Photo50 at the London Art Fair, P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author, at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, and Amore e Piombo [Love and Lead]: the Photography of Extremes in 1970s Italy, for the Archive of Modern Conflict at the Brighton Photo Biennial. She was awarded the Kraszna Krausz 2015 Best Photography Book Award. Her writings have appeared in Der Greif, Photoworks, Foam, Objektiv, Unseen magazine, EXTRA, The British Journal of Photography, Krakow Photomonth,The Photographers’ Gallery Blog and MAPP Editions (MACK).

The exhibition Stéphanie Solinas - Dominique Lambert / Le Pourquoi Pas? is made possible by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund.

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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Lunch talk on Spirit Photography