Foam Magazine #64:
The Environmental Issue
Press release | Amsterdam, August 2023
We are thrilled to unveil the newest issue of Foam Magazine; EXTREMES – The Environmental Issue looks at the complexities of today’s human-nature relationship through two different lenses. One half focuses on abundance and the other half, featured on the flip side of the magazine, on scarcity. We invite readers to look from both extremes, while acknowledging that everything is interconnected.
Four to five, fortify, for — to fly, 2023. Image from the series A Raiz Quadrada de Sete
© Ventura Profana, courtesy of the artist.
Image from the series Pleasure Points
© Alastair Philip Wiper, courtesy of the artist and Institute.
Shafiq in the Narayani, 2014. Image from the series Change of Course
© Prasiit Sthapit, courtesy of the artist.
Image from the series Theatre of Authenticity
© Natacha de Mahieu, courtesy of the artist.
Industrialisation, overpopulation, consumerism versus scarcity, inequality, and the destruction of vital habitats: we address the divergences of the Anthropocene and how photography exposes them. One side of the magazine dives into the growth, the excess, the waste, the overproduction, the overconsumption that drive the Anthropogenic engine to continue grinding. The other side shows the impact, the disintegration, and the lack of connection to nature and native knowledge, capturing the decrease in different ways. The magazine will serve as an agent and a messenger to raise awareness, reflection, and debate around a topic that is of the utmost importance to us all.
The magazine includes portfolios with compelling narratives of 16 remarkable artists and a splendid array of essays by thinkers and practitioners alike. The essays featured in this issue delve into ways to create a planet that is sustainable and habitable for future generations. Wanda Nanibush, for instance, speaks about the notions of radical inclusivity and relationality from Indigenous cultures and the destruction of land caused by extractive economies. The interdisciplinary collective Planetary Portals nudges the vision into the future with their use of artificial intelligence as a tool to create new connections to decolonial futures. In the featured section, Vince Aletti interviews Sunil Gupta, highlighting Gupta's exceptional storytelling skills — all enveloped with candid portraits taken by Charan Singh. Finally, we look at a thought-provoking shelf of books curated by Demet Yıldız Dinçer and two catch-ups with the previous Foam Talent alumni, Breno Rotatori and Sara Cwynar, featuring their brand-new works.
CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS & WRITERS
Aàdesokan, alejandro t. acierto, asinnajaq, Atmos, Bahadır Aksan, Vince Aletti, Alia Ali, Atikah Zata Amani, Wolff Architects, Taco Hidde Bakker, Mattia Balsamini, Zeus Bascon, Guy Bell, Rebecca Belmore, Sandra Benites, Andrea Bowers, Matthew Brandt, Ben Burbridge, Anna Burckhardt, Marina Caneve, Tehillah De Castro, Carolina Caycedo, Sara Cwynar, Solmaz Daryani, Peter Delpeut, Ci Demi, Demet Yıldız Dinçer, Rehab Eldalil, Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, Muhammad Fadli, Gem Fletcher, Chandra Frank, Maria Fusco, Ariel Goldberg, Maureen Gruben, Sunil Gupta, Alexandra Rose Howland, Katy Hundertmark, Amanda Iheme, Michael Salu, Miranda July, kablusiak, Nadine Khalil, Volkan Kızıltunç, Kim Knoppers, Mirjam Kooiman, Czar Kristoff, abigail Campos Leal, Pablo Lerma, Danilo Lovisi, Liz Lund, Natacha de Mahieu, Erin McFadyen, Ana Mendieta, Aya Musa, Renée Mussai, Wanda Nanibush, Sinna Nasseri, Shelley Niro, Anne Nwakalor, Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Zohra Opoku, Dan Paz, Planetary Portals, Ventura Profana, Farah Al Qasimi, Diwas Raja Kc, Breno Rotatori, Gerco de Ruijter, Anastasia Samoylova, Sevim Sancaktar, Adelia Dinda Sani, Yusuf Sevinçli, Sunil Shah, Eugenie Shinkle, Charan Singh, Himali Singh Soin, Prasiit Sthapit, Daria Tuminas, Alastair Philip Wiper, Gary Zhexi Zhang.
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