Earth Day with

Ana Núñez Rodríguez

& Isadora Romero

On the occassion of Earth Day, Foam curator Amelie Schüle speaks with artists Ana Núñez Rodríguez and Isadora Romero, whose work both trace personal and global stories around one specific vegetable: the potato.
The red bags are used for the seeds, 2021 © Ana Núñez Rodríguez.

Foam Talks welcomes Ana Núñez Rodríguez and Isadora Romero, whose work traces personal and global stories around one specific vegetable: the potato. When we learn about the histories and ancestral knowledge connected to agriculture, it stimulates us to care about how our food grows. On the occassion of Earth Day, this showcases an inherent link between agriculture and climate change. 

Núñez Rodríguez’s Cooking Potato Stories consists of local ‘potato stories’ that she collected across the world. Through these, she explores how food and agriculture connect to colonial legacies and how they need to be viewed in a wider context of political, social, and emotional relationships. In a similar approach, Romero explores the forgotten memory of the land and crops of her ancestral home, the village of Une, Cundinamarca, Colombia. Her project Blood is a Seed (La Sangre Es Una Semilla) centres around different generations of small farmers. Her grandfather and great-grandmother, who were "seed guardians" and cultivated several potato varieties.  

Together with host Amelie Schüle, curator and head of public practice at Foam, the two will address the importance of storytelling as a form of resistance and the social dimensions of agriculture.   


about Isadora Romero

Isadora Romero is an Ecuadorian freelance visual storyteller based in Quito, Ecuador. She is interested in social, gender, and environmental issues. Her visual essays, exploring the border between art and photojournalism, seek different approaches using various narrative tools. Romero is the co-founder of Ruda Colectiva, a collective of Latin American woman and non-binary photographers. Romero's project Blood is a Seed was recently announced as the global winner of the Open Format Award in the 2022 World Press Photo Contest.

Blood is a Seed: Video by Isadora Romero

Edited by Michelle Gachet

With the support of Magnum Foundation.

about Ana Núñez Rodríguez

Ana Núñez Rodríguez is based between Europe and Latin America. She studied Documentary Photography and Contemporary Creation at IDEP Barcelona, holds a postgraduate degree in Photography from the National University of Colombia and holds a Master degree in Photography and Society from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KABK) in The Hague. She was part of Lighthouse 2020-21, a program for upcoming talents at Fotodok, Utrecht. Núñez Rodríguez solo show ‘Cooking Potato Stories’ is currently on view at Foam.  

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Underground Beauty, 2021 © Ana Núñez Rodríguez.

Concept: Amelie Schüle
Production: Nordin Janssen
Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

This exhibition is made possible by the Van Bijlevelt Foundation, the Leeuwensteinstichting andKleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab.

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) supports the exhibition through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE).

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

In 2022 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund.

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Earth Day with Ana Núñez Rodríguez and Isadora Romero