• Sunday, April 5, 2020

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  • FOAM’s spring winner set of exhibitions

    Having previously been given over entirely to the work of American-born French photographer William Klein, since mid-April the city’s main destination for quality photography, FOAM, has been hosting four new exhibitions. Each is so distinct from one another, yet they’re brilliantly displayed together to form one of the most interesting shows in town right now. Here, photography is represented in various inspiring and authentic ways, provoking a sense of delight and curiosity in every viewer.

    For a better understanding of each exhibition, here I review them individually. So take your pick and don’t miss out on these excellent bits.

    The Citadel
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    On its last week of display now, you might want to rush to FOAM to catch this glorious series of portraits by renowned Iranian documentary photographer Kaveh Golestan. Prostitute was produced in the 70’s in the Citadel of Shahr-e No, known as Tehran’s red light district. Golestan spent at least two years with the prostitutes who lived in that area to portray a unique and soulful image of them. This series is his representation of such a peculiar and multifaceted place; where women integrate into the environment so seamlessly whilst at the same time showing their awkwardness and lack of sense of belonging. If you would like to gather some knowledge about the style of street photography in the 70’s, check this one out before the 4th of May, when it is due to close.

    Adding, Adding, Adding
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    Well done to Swiss duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs for this major exhibition, which was made possible as a part of the Foam Paul Huf Award given to them last year. Their work plays not only with photography but with sound, reflections, light and film as well. They bundle together these mediums to form a playful and very consisting exhibition. By playing with geometric shapes and comparing its stiffness to the concrete buildings characteristic of the 70’s they create a critical but fun piece of art. Hungry for some clever and exciting contemporary art? Look no further. Adding, Adding, Adding is on until the 11th of May.

    The Enclave
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    How could you not feel drawn straight to the bright colors of Richard Mosse’s film? The electric magenta and pinks reflecting the forests of Congo’s landscape can be seen as a critique of the conflict situation in the country. A deep blue covers the landscape’s lake creating a beautiful and expressive contrast between water and land. As you enter the room where the six large screens are displayed to feature his colorful films the atmosphere is very intense and quiet. People gather on the floor to admire the unusual storytelling since the screens aren’t in sync; they’re nicely arranged to tell the story simultaneously even though its images and sounds differ. An impressive installation with a profound outcome. The Enclave is on until the 1st of June.

    All Year Round
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    This exhibition plays a trick on those who lack patience. At first glance it might seem that there’s nothing in this room except for panoramic ribbons. What are they for? What do they hide? One might wonder without finding an answer straight away. Take your time and pull each ribbon to see various tiny boats and ships. Little by little you realise each ribbon features an image. Everyday for a whole year, Ukrainian Ola Lanko took a total of two thousand automated pictures from her apartment window, which overlooks the IJ waterway in Amsterdam. The results of this passage of time are presented in this spatial installation to remind you not only of the ephemerality of life but also the importance of taking a second look at things to uncover them. All Year Round is on until the 7th of May.

    Images: FOAM’s website and Google Images

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