The exhibition The Following is a True Story provides a chronological overview of Romain Mader's artistic projects, many of which unfold around the artist's quest to find love. Often using humour and irony to address serious topics such as loneliness, love, exploitation and the female body, Mader's work contains many layers of interpretation. By blurring the lines between reality and fiction, the artist confronts us with our own assumptions and prejudices.
Ekaterina #12, from the series Ekaterina, 2012-2016 © Romain Mader / ECAL, courtesy Galerie Dix9 Hélène Lacharmoise
Included in the exhibition is Mader's most recent project, Honeymoon (2017), in which a newlywed couple (Mader and Kilchhofer) recounts its romantic trip through images. Awkwardly performing for the camera against the backdrop of a financially devasted Greece, the work raises questions about the portayal of personal experiences in the public (digital) sphere. Can knowingly capturing moments for the purpose of sharing them result in a distorted version of reality?
Nadja Kilchhofer, an artist and recurring character in Mader's work, and Romain Mader will welcome participants to their honeymoon suite for a one-time, intimate talk about the creation of this latest series, the delicate tension between reality and fiction in their work, and their collaboration as performers and image-makers. The talk is moderated by Mirjam Kooiman (Foam).
7pm: start Pillow Talk
8pm: visit exhibition at your own leisure, in the attendance of the artist with Swiss drinks & bites
9pm: end event
Pillow Talk: The Following is a True Story is made possible by the Embassy of Switzerland in the Netherlands.
The exhibition Romain Mader - The Following is a True Story is supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and is on view at Foam until 7 February 2018.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.