Turunç: reflecting on the banlieue
Foam reflects on the banlieue with artist Solène Gün in an evening dedicated to her work and the launch of her new book Turunç.

The evening starts with an introduction of Gün and her work by Foam curator Mirjam Kooiman, who also curated her current exhibition Foam 3h: Solène Gün – Turunç. Gün portrays the everyday life of young men of Turkish backgrounds in the suburbs of Paris and Berlin. Her work is about the general phenomenon of life in the suburbs, and the negative stereotyping imagery its inhabitants are confronted with. The suburbs in her work become a universe apart, out of sight or interest of the public authorities, where a lack of perspective goes hand in hand with strong mutual solidarity.

Ali, from the series Turunç, 2018-2019 © Solène Gün

After a Q&A between artist and curator, they will be joined by art director Nicolas Poillot with whom Gün collaborated in the development of her book. Together, the three will discuss her book Turunç. Finally, urbanist Wouter Pocornie will join the panel and offer an urban perspective on the philosophy behind the architecture and urban planning of the suburbs of major cities. Pocornie will highlight neighbourhoods in Amsterdam, such as the Bijlmer. Foam curator Mirjam Kooiman will moderate the discussion, which can be continued over drinks in the Foam Café after the event.

Solène Gün studied photography at ECAL (CH). In 2018 she received the Photoforum Prize 2018 and the Swiss Design Awards 2019 for her graduation project Turunç. The series was also shortlisted for the MACK First Book Award in 2019. Solène Gün lives and works in Bienne (CH).

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This exhibition is made possible with support of the Van Bijlevelt Foundation and Kleurgamma.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

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Turunç: reflecting on the banlieue