On the occasion of his solo exhibition, Foam invites the celebrated American photographer Alec Soth to introduce his new series I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating (2017-2019). The series was the result of an extended period of introspection and slowing down. Soth will go into conversation with the exhibition curator Hinde Haest to give an insight into his recent personal and professional transition, his sources of inspiration and working process.
Foam is the first museum to present this new series, consisting of 35 intimate portraits of people in their private homes. The series forms a new chapter in Soth's oeuvre and marks a departure from earlier projects. It stands for a personal search for connection and deceleration of his working process. Instead of focusing on a place, a community or demography, Soth concentrated on remarkable individuals and their private settings. Unlike many of Soth’s previous visual narratives, the choice of geographical location was not preconceived, but the result of a series of chance encounters. The conversation will delve deeper into how he experiences his search for human connection, the people and things that motivated and inspired him, and how he reflects on the current social changes.
In a recent interview for Foam Magazine, he states: "I’m a project-based photographer and I have never been the kind that needs to make pictures every day. So, in between projects I am processing what’s happening, and even though it looks like downtime, it’s important work. I feel like we’re all kind of being forced to do this important work right now - culturally, socially and environmentally. Re-evaluate our role in the world and how we go about things."
The online conversation will take place via Zoom. Please book a free ticket to receive the link to the talk. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A and the possibility for the audience to ask questions via the chat function.
The exhibited works are on loan from Loock Gallery in Berlin and private lenders.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation