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Foam Talent 2024-2025

Press Release | Amsterdam, February 2024

Foam is excited to present twenty exceptional artists in the Talent 2024 - 2025 group exhibition. The artists’ works signify a bold, new direction in photographic art. The talents were selected during the biennial Foam Talent Call, for which an astounding 2,500 photographers from over 106 countries submitted their work. The exhibition emphasizes the role of photography as a powerful medium for storytelling, cultural critique, and personal expression. In a time of increasing polarization, this year’s talents challenge the viewer to reflect on the viewpoints of others and invite empathy.

hands with pink background

authenticity (2 CHAINZ) from the series BLACK SNAFU, 2022 © André Ramos-Woodard.

Women with red hair

Mayisa, uzaklar mi sana bakiyorsen mi uzaklara? from the series The Dispossessed, 2019 © Cansu Yıldıran.

Portrait of a topless man

Joe from the series Autobiographies, 2020 © Ricardo Nagaoka.

Two guys boxing

A Ranked Amateur from the series To My Darling Love © Aaryan Sinha.

Women in front of a statue

Daughter of Elephants from the series People of Clay, 2023 © Akshay Mahajan.

A man in the crowd

Untitled from the series Eyes Dazzle as They Search for the Truth © Amin Yousefi / Source: Michel Setboun, Days of Revolution.

A stone statue

Abraham Lincoln and Drone from the series American Glitch, 2021 © Andrea Orejarena and Caleb Stein / Courtesy of Palo Gallery in New York.

A man buried in sand and a child

BURIAL from the series Las flores mueren dos veces, 2022 © Cristóbal Ascencio.

Smiles

Untitled from the series A Study on Waitressing, 2023 © Eleonora Agostini.

portrait of a man

Image from the series Broer, 2017 – present © Florian Braakman.

At the heart of the exhibition lies the exploration of urgent societal issues, where artists introspectively examine both themselves and the world. The topics of interest range from migration to the danger of internet algorithms, and from questioning gender roles to a reflection on the impact of colonialism. Looking to broaden the medium of photography, this year’s talents present us with innovative approaches, from embroideries on photos and the use of photogrammetry to the use of Artificial Intelligence. The selection celebrates photographers who dare to push the boundaries of creative expression.

In addition to the physical exhibition, Talent 2024-2025 is accompanied by a digital exhibition on the online platform Foam Explore, as well as Foam Magazine #65 TALENT which will be entirely devoted to this new generation of talents. In 2025, the exhibition will travel internationally. As part of the Talent program, the selected artists are invited to participate in various networking activities, mentoring, with the opportunity to have their work added to the prestigious collection of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation.

Map and portrait of a man

Image from the series Frantz Fanon, Me and The Question, 2022 © Issam Larkat.

Target range

Studio Targets, I from the series High Visibility Blaze Orange, 2021 © Jaclyn Wright.

Women with gun

killa from the series Madre © Marisol Mendez.

Women praying

Oma Praying from the series Maktub, 2022 © MAryam Touzani.

women

Nadia from the series The Longing Of The Stranger Whose Path Has Been Broken, 2022 © Rehab Eldalil.

Man running through flowerfield

POST No. 11 from the series POST, 2023 © Sander Coers.

Close-up of a face

Fortune in My Thirties from the series (Inter)Faces of Predictions, 2023 © Sheung Yiu.

Scan

Image from the series I Do Miss Hospital Visit, 2023 © Shwe Wutt Hmon.

Guy under water

Re A Hlopela (Tombstone Unveiling) from the series We Didn’t Choose to be Born Here, 2019 © Thero Makepe.

Abstract photo

Image from the series Magic Wand Tool, 2022 © Xin Li.

Artists Foam Talent 2024-2025

Aaryan Sinha, Akshay Mahajan, Amin Yousefi, Andrea Orejarena & Caleb Stein, André Ramos-Woodard, Cansu Yıldıran, Cristóbal Ascencio, Eleonora Agostini, Florian Braakman, Issam Larkat, Jaclyn Wright, Marisol Mendez, MAryam Touzani, Rehab Eldalil, Ricardo Nagaoka, Sander Coers, Sheung Yiu, Shwe Wutt Hmon, Thero Makepe, Xin Li.

Foam Talent 2024-2025 is on view from 23 February – 22 May 2024 at Foam. Open daily 10 am – 6 pm, Thu/Fri 10am – 9pm.

The Talent Issue of Foam Magazine (#65) will be released in February 2024.

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The biannual Foam Talent programme and the Talent Issue of Foam Magazine are supported by the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, the VandenEnde Foundation and MPB.

The exhibition is made possible by the support of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Mondriaan Fonds, Kleurgamma Fine-Arts Photolab and Oschatz Visuelle Medien.

Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV, supplier of excellent paper.

Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, de VandenEnde Foundation and the City of Amsterdam.

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