The group exhibition Still/Life - Contemporary Dutch Photography is centered on the art historical theme of the still life and comprises works of a large number of emerging and established Dutch visual artists. The autonomous and commercial work of Dutch photographers has a recognizable, fresh style that is also characteristic of so-called Dutch Design. The latter refers to a typically Dutch aesthetic taste that is minimalist, experimental, innovative, unconventional and with a touch of humor. A major aspect is that instead of taking photos as a representation of reality, many of today's photographers take photos entirely staged. Particularly the art historical concept of the still life continues to inspire, albeit in a modernized and updated format. The Potatoes series by Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm is a typical example.
Potato, 2003 © Anuschka Blommers & Niels Schumm
Given the choice of photographers, the show forms a survey of the talent that Foam has discovered, followed and presented since 2001: Melanie Bonajo, Blommers & Schumm, Elspeth Diederix, Fleur van Dodewaard, Uta Eisenreich, Marnix Goossens, Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, Paul Kooiker, Yvonne Lacet, Ola Lanko, Lernert & Sander, Krista van der Niet, Jaap Scheeren & Hans Gremmen, Scheltens & Abbenes, Diana Scherer, Johannes Schwartz, Ingmar Swalue, Anne de Vries and Qiu Yang.
Trampling, from the series Elektrotechnique, 2011 © Lernert & Sander / Courtesy Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst
Fruit, 2008 © Krista van der Niet
The exhibition in the Galaxy Art Centre is supported by the Consulat of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chongqing, China.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.