Preserving Paradise Matthew Leifheit & Allen Frame

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.
From the series Fire Island Night © Matthew Leifheit courtesy of the artist and Deli Gallery

The third episode of Foam Talks: Talent edition is with Matthew Leifheit, photographer, magazine-editor, publisher, and professor based in Brooklyn, NY and Allen Frame, photographer, writer, curator, professor and theatre and movie director. Allen Frame is also the author of the text on Matthew’s portfolio in Foam Magazine issue 55: Talent 2020, 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.

To Die Alive is a fantastical exploration of Fire Island, the historic gay retreat located less than 50 miles from New York City.

Foam produced this episode as part of a special series of podcasts on the occasion of Foam Talent 2020. Each episode focusses on one artist aiming to evoke a conversation around their approach, offer an insight into the discourses surrounding a specific project, contextualizing it within the photography field while not forgetting the personal stories and dreams behind it. In addition, each conversation features a special guest that has a shared professional or personal connection to the artist. The encounters are moderated by Mirjam Kooiman, curator of this year's Foam Talent exhibition.


Concept: Mirjam Kooiman and Amelie Schüle

Production: Nordin Janssen

Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

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

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

From the series Fire Island Night, 2018 C Matthew Leifheit courtesy of the artist and Deli Gallery

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Preserving Paradise Matthew Leifheit & Allen Frame