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.
EPISODE 2: PHOTOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE AND THE MYTHICAL
Foam Talents: Plantation (Ayomide Tejuoso) and Lisandro Suriel
Special guest: Angela N. Carroll
Date: 21 July 2021, 18:30 - 20.00 hrs CET
Photography is a powerful tool that plays an important role in constructing cultural identity. Questions on its influence on the viewer’s perception, bias, and thoughts contribute to an important discussion on representation. Plantation (Ayomide Tejuoso) and Lisandro Suriel have developed unique approaches weaving photography, performance and mysticism, offering a visual exploration of identity and belonging.
In their practices, both artists relate to the metaphysical and integrate performance into their work processes. Centring on the body of the artist, Plantation (Ayomide Tejuoso)’s work is about finding her space in the world to reflect on issues like sexism, racism, and homophobia. Lisandro Suriel’s project Ghost Island stems from his research on forgotten histories in Saint Martin and combines academia and indigenous knowledge to create new imaginary.
In their own ways and rooted in their individual cultural backgrounds, both artists contribute to a more expansive visual representation of Black identity. Together with Angela N. Carroll, artist-archivist and investigator of art history and culture, Plantation (Ayomide Tejuoso) and Lisandro Suriel will share insights into their artistic processes, research and the context of their work.
Image from the series Jesus is white and other confessions © Plantation (Ayomide Tejuoso), courtesy of the artist.
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.