Zooming In: On Belonging
In the online series Zooming In, we bring together the Foam Talents of 2021. Through a series of online Zoom talks, we aim to learn more about the different projects and how they connect to each other.

This Summer, we dive deeper into Foam Talent 2021 by pairing up the selected artists in an online Zoom conversation. Each of the three events will be divided into two parts. The first part introduces the artists and their projects, focussing on their approach and motivation. After this, we take a closer look at the topics connecting the artists' work, aiming to contextualize their series within the photography field as well as current discourses in society. Each conversation will feature special guests to share their unique perspectives and reflections.

Foam Talents: Delali Ayivi, Solène Gün
Special guest: Erika Larsson
Moderation by: Hinde Haest
Date: 25 Augustus 2021, 18:30 - 20.00 hrs CET

In a world that is more splintered than ever, notions of place and belonging have gained unprecedented relevance. Photographers Delali Ayivi and Solene Gün reflect on the concept of home, which can be both a shelter and a prison, especially in times of quarantine. Placing the focus on topics such as identity, place, marginalisation and constructions of the self, they question what it means (not) to belong. Both do so from the perspective of their personal family histories of migration.

Special guest Erika Larsson has a postdoc position at Valand Academy in Gothenburg, together with the Hasselblad Foundation, researching contemporary photographers’ and artist’s engagements with the interwar period. She also lectures on photography theory and globalisation in relation to visual culture.

Image from the series Heimat (in Quarantine) © Delali Ayivi, courtesy of the artist.


  • 21 June: Intimacy in Times of Social Distancing with Ana Vallejo, Leonard Suryajaya and Gem Fletcher. -> Watch here
  • 21 July: Photography, Performance and the Mythical with Lisandro Suriel, Plantation and Angela N. Carroll. -> Watch here

The Foam Talent Programme and the annual Talent issue of Foam Magazine are supported by the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation and the VandenEnde Foundation.

Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV, supplier of excellent paper.

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

In 2021 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund and Kickstart Cultuurfonds.

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Zooming In: On Belonging