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Trying to Disarm a Racist Machine with Aesthetics

by Edo Dijksterhuis
The capitalist economy is sexist: women earn less than men for doing the same job and the glass ceiling prevents them from ever reaching the top. Mainstream media are biased against GLBT’s and propagate heterosexuality as the norm. It’s usually systems that are accused of being skewed against minorities, and usually on just grounds. But Broomberg and Chanarin take it one step further. The South African artists echo French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard who, when shooting a film in Mozambique in... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 3/24/15

Trying to Disarm a Racist Machine with Aesthetics

by Edo Dijksterhuis
The capitalist economy is sexist: women earn less than men for doing the same job and the glass ceiling prevents them from ever reaching the top. Mainstream media are biased against LGBTs and propagate heterosexuality as the norm. It’s usually systems that are accused of being skewed against minorities, and usually on just grounds. But Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin take it one step further. The artist duo echoes French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard who, when shooting a film in Mozambique in... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 3/24/15

Araki: An Exhibitionist Looking Death in the Eye

by Edo Dijksterhuis
In the film (1998) by Kore-eda Hirokazu the recently deceased end up on a minimalist film set. In this purgatory they discuss and improvise with their fellow travelers until they have decided on the ultimately defining moment of their lives. They re-enact it and then pass over to whatever paradise or nothingness may be waiting for them. One by one the dead come to terms with what they’ve left behind. Except for one, who can’t decide. That guy could have been Nobuyoshi Araki. The now... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 12/22/14

Shooting up on youth’s immortality

by Edo Dijksterhuis
When came out in 1995 it kicked up quite a storm. Larry Clark’s debut feature film depicts a group of teenage skate punks smoking dope, drinking excessively, shoplifting, talking nonsense, basically wasting their lives away. The main character, a world class egomaniac named Telly, has unprotected sex with every eleven year old girl he can talk out of her pants, since according to him virginity is the best protection against venereal diseases. At the end of the movie it turns out he himself is... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 6/19/14

Can war photography be beautiful?

by Andrea Alessi
“Are you an artist or a journalist?” Marcel Feil, the Deputy Director of artistic affairs at Foam, wasted no time getting to the big questions. The recipient was Richard Mosse, who had arrived in Amsterdam that morning for the installation and opening of his exhibition . Once the jokes about typical Dutch candor died down the Irish photographer swiftly dismissed the idea that he might be a journalist: “I’m an artist, though I’ve got documentarian blood.” Journalists, he said, work on tight... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 4/9/14

Black power in a parallel universe

by Edo Dijksterhuis
The Russians had Laika and Yuri Gagarin, respectively first dog and first man in space. The Americans hit back with Neil Armstrong, who made his small step/giant leap onto the moon’s surface. But both superpowers could easily have been eclipsed by Zambia, if only it had been up to Edward Makuka Nkoloso. In the early sixties, this village schoolteacher, who styled himself Director of the Zambia National Academy of Space Research, had developed a full-blown plan to win the space race. Neither... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 10/23/13

Composing Memory

by Andrea Alessi
When was the last time you looked through a photo album? And I don’t mean Roderick’s “Las Vegas 2012” or Bethan’s “Mainly Eating in March” facebook albums. I’m talking about a real album. One you can hold in your hands that smells of old paper and glue. One where you can hear the crinkle of cellophane as you turn its sticky pages. I’m gonna guess that unless you’re recently married, you’ve probably flipped through an online album a lot more recently than you have a physical one. Our... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 7/30/12

Dana Lixenberg

In , Dana Lixenberg portrays the city in a series of landscapes and interiors. These photographs depict Amsterdam as a kind of film set, fashioned by its current and former residents. The absence of people in the images turns the viewer's gaze to the space itself and to the myriad details which define these environments. In Set Amsterdam only traces of human activity hint at inhabitants and at lives fully lived. Lixenberg was inspired to create these photographs after being commissioned to... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 5/24/11

Trio of Tales: Goldberg, Polat, van der Keuken

by Andrea Alessi
      Photography is the medium of storytelling in this season’s main trio of Foam exhibitions. The photographers and exhibitions tell stories about people, places, circumstances, and the photographic process itself, each taking a slightly different approach. Jim Goldberg tells the harrowing tales of migrants and would-be migrants to Europe, adding a welcome reflexive spin; Ahmet Polat shares a modern and vibrant Turkey through the privileged position of intimacy; and an exhibition of Johan... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 11/8/10

From Russia

          Alexander Gronsky sees himself primarily as a landscape photographer, but has given this classic genre in surprising new lease on life. The jury of the Paul Huf Award named Gronsky "a new documentary graphic photographer who in his work provides a narrative with an intimate distance, distant, but not remote, opening up a whole new world with a seemingly classical technique." By shooting of the vast Russian landscape Gronsky examines the influences of the environment on the... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/5/10

Art & Fashion Photography

    Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam proudly presents a survey of the work of the world famous photographic duo of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Inez and Vinoodh began their work together in 1986 in Amsterdam. Now, 25 years later, with their campaigns for fashion houses such as YSL, Chanel,Balmain, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chloй, and with regular publications in W Magazine, Vogue and The New York Times, they are amongst the most important photographers in the world today. They are... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 6/28/10

Simon Wald-Lasowski: Photographs

      Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam launches on June 4 a dynamic exhibition of work by Simon Wald-Lasowski (b. Paris, 1980). For this series Wald-Lasowksi drew inspiration from 'the eye'. He set himself the challenge to reinterpret this theme, a recurring subject in art history and religion. In the course of the show, Wald-Lasowski will invite artists, designers and writers to respond to the presentation. The works that emerge, an installation and a video work, will be displayed... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/2/10

Paul Graham: a shimmer of possibility

by Andrea Alessi
    I visited Paul Graham’s a shimmer of possibility during its opening week at Foam last month. I had intended to write about it then, but couldn’t focus my response to its fleeting scenes of unglamorous Americana. In the ensuing weeks, the pages of my notebook dedicated to Graham grew as my thoughts returned to his work with new questions and insights. As simple as its everyday images and unfussy layout might appear, it is impossible to neatly sum up this show. The photographs aren’t witty... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 4/10/10

Photography by Cuny Janssen

      My Grandma Was A Turtle is photographer Cuny Janssen's latest project. The title refers to the Turtle clan of the matriarchic Delaware Indian tribe in Oklahoma. In 2008, Janssen visited the town of Bartlesville in Oklahoma to photograph children with Native American ancestors and their surroundings. Her motivation was curiosity about what traces of their origins could be seen in these modern native American children. Both her photos of people as well as the images of landscapes... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 4/10/10

The Greatest Hits Vol. 1

      Linus Bill (Switzerland, 1982), takes photographs and assembles them into a new world that is similar to ours but where regular rules do not apply. He photographs everything, all the time: people he knows, people he doesn’t know, interiors, exteriors, living things, objects, snapshots, posed scenes; anything. Through his lens colour and form are not static. Subjects are changed in scale or form and transformed into new images. Especially for Foam, Bill creates an... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 4/10/10

Michael Wolf: Mining Google Street View

by Andrea Alessi
    The Zuidas (South Ax) Zuidplein, Gustav Mahlerplein, Claude Debussylaan. Surprising and often hilarious images from Google Maps Street View circulate around the internet as fast as curious virtual tourists can uncover them. I’m sure you’ve seen your fair share of these, which include crime scenes, LARPers, flashers, public urinators, digital marriage proposals, and even Norwegian spear fishermen chasing the Google van down the street. Some of these are happy accidents; others are pranks.... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 3/22/10

Ari Marcopoulos Survey

    This spring Foam presents an exhibition by the Amsterdam-born photographer and filmmaker, Ari Marcopoulos. Marcopoulos (Amsterdam, 1957) set off for New York in 1979 and quickly became a significant documenter of alternative youth culture in America throughout the last three decades. Foam is showing work from his entire oeuvre, ranging from photos of the emerging hip-hop and downtown art scene in New York in the 1980s and the snowboard and skate culture in the 1990s, to frequent... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 6/15/10

200 Vintage Photographs

      Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Moscow House of Photography present a unique retrospective of the world-famous Russian avant-garde artist Alexander Rodchenko. The exhibition will contain more than 200 vintage photographs, some of which have never been exhibited in the West before. Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1956) is one of the great innovators of twentieth-century avant-garde art and one of its most versatile practitioners. Having first gained international acclaim as a... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 1/19/10

New Generation of Photographers

      Foam presents an exhibition of work by a new generation of photographers who work with the medium of photography in a refreshingly uninhibited, unconventional and sometimes slightly anarchist way. Five young Dutch photographers: Constant Dullaart, Katja Mater, Jaap Scheeren, Corriëtte Schoenaerts and Anne de Vries use photography more as a medium, rather than a self-evident end product. In the exhibition Photography – in reverse they present mostly new work in which they combine... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 1/19/10

A 3-Part Affair

by Andrea Alessi
In the Shadow of Things, currently at Foam until October 25th, is British photographer Leonie Purchas’s sensitive investigation of her own family, particularly her mother Bron’s struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and depression. Autobiographic without being self-indulgent, the exhibition is a three-part affair including a series of framed photographs, a slideshow, and an annotated archive. It documents a family effort to address Bron’s mental illness through the difficult but... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 10/11/09

Intimate Portraits

      Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents Paradis, the first major retrospective of the work of Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas (b. Vlaardingen, 1977). Dumas makes serene, intimate portraits of animals. For the first time, Dumas presents a selection from the various series of animal portraits she has made in recent years. Shown here in a single exhibition, a new relationship emerges between the portraits of horses, wolves, tigers and other animals, highlighting the connection between... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/8/09

Kim Boske at Foam

by Andrea Alessi
  Dutch photographer Kim Boske’s Mapping is a quiet and charming show currently on display in the Foam library until September 9, 2009.  In this body of work Boske picks up where Cezanne and the early Cubists left off, asking how one can two-dimensionally represent multiple perspectives of the same object simultaneously. There are no broken picture planes in this show, however. Boske’s photographic images create a synthetic whole, rich and complete, not visually fragmented like the paintings... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 8/8/09

Gerda Leo Photographs

by E-Slant Team
Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents the first exhibition in the Netherlands of the remarkable work of Gerda Leo (1909, Hagen - 1993, Amsterdam). Gerda Leo studied at the art academy of Burg Giebichenstein, the ‘other Bauhaus', in eastern Germany from 1925 to 1930. At first she followed courses in painting, graphic art and enamelling, before switching in 1928 to Hans Finsler's class on ‘Object Photography'. Finsler was one of the leading exponents of Neue Sehen (New Vision), the... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 7/30/09

Lost Dreams

by Athena Newton
Having recently spent my holiday in Cape Town, I was curious to see how South African native, Guy Tillim depicted some of Africa’s most politically and socially tumultuous countries. Foreign to his work, I hadn’t a clue what to expect.   A continent considered one of the most unstable, deprived, yet beautiful regions in the world is undeniably an inspiration to many photographers. Outlandish depictions of African Tribesman, panoramic landscapes of the Sahara Desert are... [more]
Posted by Athena Newton on 7/3/09

In Control

by E-Slant Team
In the series photographer Emilie Hudig has recorded the process of her illness in an extremely personal way. In 2007, Hudig won The Photo Academy Award for another project and with it an exhibition in Foam_3h.In July 2007, Hudig was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease for the second time. After having been "clean" for 13 years, the illness appeared to have returned. Hudig was 34 years old, married and the mother of a ten-month-old son.In her everyday life, Hudig is a documentary... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 6/7/09
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