Foam presents a podcast series around the exhibition Foam Talent 2020. Listen to Foam Talks: Talent Edition to dive deeper into the portfolios of this year's Foam Talents.
Each episode of Foam Talks: Talent Edition focusses on one artist. In the series, we aim to evoke a conversation around their approach and offer an insight into the discourses surrounding a specific project. In addition, we contextualise our insights within the photography field while not forgetting the personal stories and dreams behind it.
Each episode features a special guest that has a shared professional or personal connection to the artist. The podcast is moderated by Mirjam Kooiman, curator of Foam Talent 2020.
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Image from the series The Y © Alba Zari, courtesy of the artist.
EPISODE 6: THE Y
The sixth episode of Foam Talks: Talent Edition welcomes Italian/Thai filmmaker and photographer Alba Zari. The starting point of the conversation is Zari’s project The Y, which is on show until the 6th of October at Foam in Amsterdam as part of the Foam Talent 2020 exhibition. The Y is a deeply personal, yet scientifically approached search for her biological father, whom she never met.
EPISODE 5: VANISHING LANDS
The fifth episode of Foam Talks welcomes Iranian photographer Hashem Shakeri. The starting point of the conversation is Shakeri’s project An Elegy for the Death of Hamun. For this, he has travelled from north to south of the Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan to document the water shortage and drought, and the subsequent famine, unemployment and depopulation it has caused.
EPISODE 4: (DE)CONSTRUCTING PORTRAITURE
The fourth episode of Foam Talks welcomes photographer Luther Konadu and art historian and curator Leslie Wilson. Together with host Mirjam Kooiman, they will reflect on the photographic portrait as a powerful instrument in (de)constructing representation. The starting point of the conversation is Konadu's series Figure as Index. This body of work consists of portraits of Konadu’s close friends. His works, however, are photographs of photographs: the portraits he shoots are reprinted, pieced together by tape, tacks, post-it notes, joined by annotations and pages of text, layered, shifted, and ultimately re-photographed as final compositions. Konadu’s portraits, as such, are collages of identities. As Wilson writes about his work in Foam Magazine #55: Talent: [the people in his pictures] "are all black and brown figures, but their blackness and brownness is so clearly varied and subject to the idiosyncrasies of printers and cameras."
EPISODE 3: PRESERVING PARADISE
The third episode of Foam Talks: Talent Edition features Matthew Leifheit, photographer, magazine editor, publisher, and professor based in Brooklyn, NY. In the podcast, Matthew goes into conversation with Allen Frame, photographer, writer, curator, professor and theatre and movie director. Frame is the author of the text on Matthew’s portfolio in Foam Magazine issue 55: Talent, describing his series Fire Island Night, which Matthew has now retitled to To Die Alive. This conversation was recorded on the occasion of the Queer History Month 2021, an initiative of IHLIA, the biggest archive of LGBTI history in Europe, based in Amsterdam.
EPISODE 2: SPEAKING NEARBY
The second episode of Foam Talks: Talent Edition is with Nigerian photographer Rahima Gambo and Aziza Harmel, curator & writer. The two collaborated during Bamako Encounters - African Biennale of Photography in Mali in 2019 and have been working together since. Together with Mirjam Kooiman, they will dive deeper into Gambo’s work and her approach. She is inspired by anthropologist and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha’s way of 'speaking nearby' – a way of documenting something without focusing on it exclusively or directly.
EPISODE 1: PICTURING TRAGEDY
The first episode in the series is Picturing Tragedy: a conversation between New York-based photographer Philip Montgomery and the Director of Photography of The New York Times Magazine, Kathy Ryan. They have worked together on the occasion of different editorial assignments Ryan gave to Montgomery, in which both constantly seek to balance the fine line between photojournalism and fine art. The starting point of the conversation is Montgomery’s series Flash Points, with which he features in Foam Magazine’s Talent issue of 2020 and the subsequent exhibitions Foam Talent | Digital and Foam Talent | Amsterdam.
The Foam Talent programme and the annual Talent issue of Foam Magazine are supported by The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, the VandenEnde Foundation and the Niemeijer Fund.
Foam Talent is made possible by Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab, Starframe, Oschatz Visuelle Medien and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV, supplier of excellent paper.
Media partner: DAZED
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.