Announcing Foam Talent 2024-2025
Press Release | Amsterdam, November 2023
Foam gladly announces the twenty selected artists of the Foam Talent Call 2023. This group of photographers from all over the world will participate in the biennial Foam Talent mentorship programme including various activities, that will take place in 2024 and 2025. They will gain international exposure with a publication in Foam Magazine’s Talent Issue, debut with a group exhibition at Foam that will travel further in 2025 and have the chance to present their work on Foam’s digital platform. Additionally, the Talents get the opportunity for their work to be added to the prestigious Art Collection Deutsche Börse of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation.
This year’s Talent Call features a remarkably diverse pool of talents from 106 countries. The 2,480 submissions, which include 4,960 projects and 47,054 images, showcase a broad spectrum of artistic focus and creative ingenuity.
As seen in previous years the talent submissions were very much a reflection of the times we live in, covering a broad spectrum of current themes relating to all aspects of society. The topics of interest range from migration to the danger of internet algorithms, and from questioning gender roles to colonialism.
New practices include the use of digital platforms and algorithms, expanding the artists' scope and reach. This digital democratisation allows them to engage with a broader audience and offers a global stage for their genuine artistic voices. The presence of new technologies was very noticeable, with artificial intelligence being the number one newcomer of the year. The jury, consisting of the curatorial team of Foam, believes this edition of Foam Talent really is a celebration of those who dare to experiment.
The Service from the series A Study on Waitressing, 2020 – present © Eleonora Agostini
Wedding day from the series Las Flores mueren dos veces, 2022 © Cristóbal Ascencio
Image from the series Broer, 2017 – present © Florian Braakman
Image from the series POST, 2023 © Sander Coers.
Hajja in her garden from the series The Longing Of The Stranger Whose Path Has Been Broken, 2022 © Rehab Eldalil.
Image from the series Frantz Fanon, Me and The Question, 2022 © Issam Larkat
Image from the series Magic Wand Tool, 2022 © Xin Li.
Daughter of Elephants from the series People of Clay, 2023 © Akshay Mahajan
Wait from the series We Didn't Choose to be Born Here, 2022 © Thero Makepe.
Killa from the series Madre © Marisol Mendez
Foam Talent 2024-2025 Artists
Eleonora Agostini, Cristóbal Ascencio, Florian Braakman, Sander Coers, Rehab Eldalil, Issam Larkat, Xin Li, Akshay Mahajan, Thero Makepe, Marisol Mendez, Ricardo Nagaoka, Andrea Orejarena & Caleb Stein, André Ramos-Woodard, Aaryan Sinha, MAryam Touzani, Jaclyn Wright, Shwe Wutt Hmon, Cansu Yıldıran, Sheung Yiu, Amin Yousefi.
Joe from the series At last I see you, 2022 © Ricardo Nagaoka.
Abraham Lincoln & Drone from the series American Glitch, 2021 © Andrea Orejarena & Caleb Stein
authenticity (2 CHAINZ) from the series BLACK SNAFU, 2022 © André Ramos-Woodard
In a sandstone mine 1 from the series This isn't Divide and Conquer © Aaryan Sinha
Sadaqah from the series Maktub, 2023 © MAryam Touzani.
Studio Targets from the series High Visibility (Blaze Orange), 2021 © Jaclyn Wright
Image from the series I Do Miss Hospital Visit, 2023 © Shwe Wutt Hmon.
Image from the series Fathom, 2020 © Cansu Yıldıran
Between Two Charts from the series Interfaces of Predictions, 2023 © Sheung Yiu.
Untitled from the series Eyes Dazzle as They Search for the Truth, 2022 © Amin Yousefi
The Talent Issue of Foam Magazine (#65) will be released in February 2024.
Foam Talent will be on show at Foam from 23 February – 22 May 2024 and Foam Talent digital will be online from February 2024 onwards. Foam Talent will travel in 2025, location to be confirmed.
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Note to editors
The Foam Talent programme and the Talent Issue of Foam Magazine are supported by the VandenEnde Foundation and the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation.
Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV, supplier of excellent paper.
Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the City of Amsterdam.