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20 young artists shaping the future of photography

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FEATURES WHAT’S NEW?

TALENT

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Ina Jang, Heikki Kaski, Andrey Bogush, Pablo Lopez Luz & Bubi Canal



SELF PORTRAIT

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TOOLBOX Peter Puklus

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UNEXPECTED MARRIAGES Jon Rafman & Urs Schönebaum

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FOAM PAUL HUF AWARD WINNER 2017 Romain Mader

VASANTHA YOGANANTHAN

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Text by Max Houghton

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Text by Liz Sales

VIACHESLAV POLIAKOV MARK DORF DAVID DE BEYTER QUENTIN LACOMBE Text by Hinde Haest

WERONIKA GĘSICKA Text by Max Houghton

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NAMSA LEUBA

Text by Lewis Bush

Text by Jörg Colberg

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Text by Daniel C. Blight

BEN SCHONBERGER Text by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

Editorial

Text by Azu Nwagbogu

ALIX MARIE Text by Darren Campion

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Text by Kim Knoppers

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SUSHANT CHHABRIA

Text by Lewis Bush

WANG NAN

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SADEGH SOURI

CLÉMENT LAMBELET

Text by Darren Campion

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MARTIN ERRICHIELLO & FILIPPO MENICHETTI

Text by Liz Sales

SNAPSHOTS Azu Nwagbogu & Shane Lavalette

ALINKA ECHEVERRÍA

Text by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

INTERVIEW Wolfgang Tillmans & AA Bronson

TALENT 2017 INTRODUCTION by Marcel Feil

Zanele Muholi

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by Marloes Krijnen Editor-in-Chief

Contents

WANG JUYAN Text by Russet Lederman

ERIK MADIGAN HECK Text by Nathalie Herschdorfer

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HARIT SRIKHAO Text by Pichak Thananchaibut

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THOMAS KUIJPERS Text by Mirjam Kooiman

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KAI OH Text by Maisie Skidmore

Scouting out, presenting and stimulating young upcoming photographic t­ alent is among the most important of the many activities Foam undertakes. We have developed a wide variety of specific instruments for the purpose, including Foam 3h, our museum’s exhibition space for young talent, Foam Editions, our ­in-house gallery where young photo­ graphers’ work is offered for sale, and a broad range of discussion evenings, ­debates and artist talks in which we ­involve new talents. Within our regular programme of exhibitions and in the regular issues of Foam Magazine, we ­always make room for projects by young photographers, often in a carefully ­considered combination with the work of more established artists. Within our Talent programme, the ­annual Talent issue of Foam Magazine has a central and highly significant place. Every year some twenty exceptional talents are selected for inclusion. This year our Talent Call brought in no fewer than 1,790 submissions from seventy-five countries. The Talent Issue has grown to become a yearly phenomenon closely

watched by many professionals. It introduces new names and makes interesting tendencies visible. Inclusion in Foam Magazine is increasingly becoming an internationally recognized stamp of ­approval. The Talent ­issue is doubly ­important because it forms the basis of an extensive international travelling ­exhibition, where debates and symposia are organized at which colleagues and artists discuss our talent policy as well as new developments within contemporary photography. We are therefore extraordinarily pleased and proud of the support for our Foam Magazine Talent issue and the related exhibition programme recently expressed by the Deutsche Börse Photo­ graphy Foundation. The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation is a Frankfurt/ Germany based non-profit organization focusing on collecting, exhibiting and promoting contemporary photography. Over the next few years this foundation will be an important and valued partner in the further development and deepening of a programme with central importance to Foam.

Young talents do not develop and present themselves in splendid isolation. Their embedding in a broader artistic context is crucial, even in an issue of Foam ­Magazine wholly devoted to the youngest generation of photographers. So we are also very pleased that in the features at the start of this issue we are able to present several renowned artists. There are the self-portraits by Zanele Muholi, and Jon Rafman’s surprising collaboration with the Teatro Real in Madrid, both of which fire the imagination, as well as a unique conversation that took place in Berlin between ­Wolfgang Tillmans and AA Bronson, artist and famous cofounder of the a ­ rtist group General Idea. Directly or i­ ndirectly, they all give context to the work of the twenty up-andcoming t­ alents to which this issue is ­devoted. We hope you thoroughly enjoy reading it, and above all, looking at new photography that is as refreshing as it is intriguing.


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FEATURES WHAT’S NEW?

TALENT

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Ina Jang, Heikki Kaski, Andrey Bogush, Pablo Lopez Luz & Bubi Canal



SELF PORTRAIT

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TOOLBOX Peter Puklus

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UNEXPECTED MARRIAGES Jon Rafman & Urs Schönebaum

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FOAM PAUL HUF AWARD WINNER 2017 Romain Mader

VASANTHA YOGANANTHAN

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81  97

Text by Max Houghton

177  193

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203

215

Text by Liz Sales

VIACHESLAV POLIAKOV MARK DORF DAVID DE BEYTER QUENTIN LACOMBE Text by Hinde Haest

WERONIKA GĘSICKA Text by Max Houghton

157

NAMSA LEUBA

Text by Lewis Bush

Text by Jörg Colberg

129

Text by Daniel C. Blight

BEN SCHONBERGER Text by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

Editorial

Text by Azu Nwagbogu

ALIX MARIE Text by Darren Campion

225  241

Text by Kim Knoppers

117

SUSHANT CHHABRIA

Text by Lewis Bush

WANG NAN

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SADEGH SOURI

CLÉMENT LAMBELET

Text by Darren Campion

109

167

MARTIN ERRICHIELLO & FILIPPO MENICHETTI

Text by Liz Sales

SNAPSHOTS Azu Nwagbogu & Shane Lavalette

ALINKA ECHEVERRÍA

Text by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

INTERVIEW Wolfgang Tillmans & AA Bronson

TALENT 2017 INTRODUCTION by Marcel Feil

Zanele Muholi

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by Marloes Krijnen Editor-in-Chief

Contents

WANG JUYAN Text by Russet Lederman

ERIK MADIGAN HECK Text by Nathalie Herschdorfer

247

HARIT SRIKHAO Text by Pichak Thananchaibut

259

THOMAS KUIJPERS Text by Mirjam Kooiman

265

KAI OH Text by Maisie Skidmore

Scouting out, presenting and stimulating young upcoming photographic t­ alent is among the most important of the many activities Foam undertakes. We have developed a wide variety of specific instruments for the purpose, including Foam 3h, our museum’s exhibition space for young talent, Foam Editions, our ­in-house gallery where young photo­ graphers’ work is offered for sale, and a broad range of discussion evenings, ­debates and artist talks in which we ­involve new talents. Within our regular programme of exhibitions and in the regular issues of Foam Magazine, we ­always make room for projects by young photographers, often in a carefully ­considered combination with the work of more established artists. Within our Talent programme, the ­annual Talent issue of Foam Magazine has a central and highly significant place. Every year some twenty exceptional talents are selected for inclusion. This year our Talent Call brought in no fewer than 1,790 submissions from seventy-five countries. The Talent Issue has grown to become a yearly phenomenon closely

watched by many professionals. It introduces new names and makes interesting tendencies visible. Inclusion in Foam Magazine is increasingly becoming an internationally recognized stamp of ­approval. The Talent ­issue is doubly ­important because it forms the basis of an extensive international travelling ­exhibition, where debates and symposia are organized at which colleagues and artists discuss our talent policy as well as new developments within contemporary photography. We are therefore extraordinarily pleased and proud of the support for our Foam Magazine Talent issue and the related exhibition programme recently expressed by the Deutsche Börse Photo­ graphy Foundation. The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation is a Frankfurt/ Germany based non-profit organization focusing on collecting, exhibiting and promoting contemporary photography. Over the next few years this foundation will be an important and valued partner in the further development and deepening of a programme with central importance to Foam.

Young talents do not develop and present themselves in splendid isolation. Their embedding in a broader artistic context is crucial, even in an issue of Foam ­Magazine wholly devoted to the youngest generation of photographers. So we are also very pleased that in the features at the start of this issue we are able to present several renowned artists. There are the self-portraits by Zanele Muholi, and Jon Rafman’s surprising collaboration with the Teatro Real in Madrid, both of which fire the imagination, as well as a unique conversation that took place in Berlin between ­Wolfgang Tillmans and AA Bronson, artist and famous cofounder of the a ­ rtist group General Idea. Directly or i­ ndirectly, they all give context to the work of the twenty up-andcoming t­ alents to which this issue is ­devoted. We hope you thoroughly enjoy reading it, and above all, looking at new photography that is as refreshing as it is intriguing.


What’s New?

What’s New?

Ina Jang

Heikki Kaski

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A private view of a former Talent’s new work

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The project Utopia speaks about how women are often ­perceived. I focused specifically on the poses and compositions of the figures in order to analyse the position of the photo­grapher of the source material. I am curious about the dynamics between the subject and the image maker. Often, female figures are portrayed submissively in the original source, which cannot be free from the familiar male gaze. Such submissive portrayals evoke a range of attributes like playfulness, shyness, seduction and promiscuity. I hope to raise questions through this body of work regarding the ­familiar — yet unfamiliar — ­female figures in our visual culture.

INA JANG (b. 1982, KR) received a BA in photography from New York’s School of Visual Arts in 2012. A ­former finalist at the Hyères Festival, Jang has also been nominated for the ICP Infinity and Foam Paul Huf Awards. Her work has been published by the British Journal of Photography and The New York Times Magazine, whilst she has ­exhibited worldwide. She is represented by Christophe Guy Galerie, Foley ­Gallery and G/P Gallery. Jang was featured as a Foam Talent in 2011.

I am currently working on an installation consisting of photog­ raphy, painting, and sound. The piece will be presented in an extremely echoic space where three singers will perform a ­collectively composed choral piece interpreting a discussion. The acoustic landscape of the space will be modified in real time to create an artificial echo chamber. The sound piece will be accompanied by photographs and paintings that are about us, our lifestyle — the complicity and beauty of it, the things we already know.

HEIKKI KASKI (b. 1987, FI) studied photography at Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland and ­Valand Academy, Sweden. His work has been exhibited throughout ­Europe, including at the Finnish Museum of Photography. Kaski’s photobook Tranquillity won the ­Unseen Dummy Award in 2013, and was subsequently published by ­Lecturis. Kaski was featured as a Foam Talent in 2015.


What’s New?

What’s New?

Ina Jang

Heikki Kaski

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A private view of a former Talent’s new work

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The project Utopia speaks about how women are often ­perceived. I focused specifically on the poses and compositions of the figures in order to analyse the position of the photo­grapher of the source material. I am curious about the dynamics between the subject and the image maker. Often, female figures are portrayed submissively in the original source, which cannot be free from the familiar male gaze. Such submissive portrayals evoke a range of attributes like playfulness, shyness, seduction and promiscuity. I hope to raise questions through this body of work regarding the ­familiar — yet unfamiliar — ­female figures in our visual culture.

INA JANG (b. 1982, KR) received a BA in photography from New York’s School of Visual Arts in 2012. A ­former finalist at the Hyères Festival, Jang has also been nominated for the ICP Infinity and Foam Paul Huf Awards. Her work has been published by the British Journal of Photography and The New York Times Magazine, whilst she has ­exhibited worldwide. She is represented by Christophe Guy Galerie, Foley ­Gallery and G/P Gallery. Jang was featured as a Foam Talent in 2011.

I am currently working on an installation consisting of photog­ raphy, painting, and sound. The piece will be presented in an extremely echoic space where three singers will perform a ­collectively composed choral piece interpreting a discussion. The acoustic landscape of the space will be modified in real time to create an artificial echo chamber. The sound piece will be accompanied by photographs and paintings that are about us, our lifestyle — the complicity and beauty of it, the things we already know.

HEIKKI KASKI (b. 1987, FI) studied photography at Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland and ­Valand Academy, Sweden. His work has been exhibited throughout ­Europe, including at the Finnish Museum of Photography. Kaski’s photobook Tranquillity won the ­Unseen Dummy Award in 2013, and was subsequently published by ­Lecturis. Kaski was featured as a Foam Talent in 2015.


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Self Portrait

What’s New?

The images that comprise this edition of Self Portrait, drawn from Muholi’s ongoing Somnyama Ngonyama series, reveal her critical engagement with the historical and enduring tropes surrounding subjects like colonialism, ethnography, photography, and portrayals of the black female body.

Bubi Canal

I have always been a fan of POSCA markers. Last year, a company from New York invited me to do an installation in their ­offices. I contacted POSCA regarding the project and they were keen to collaborate. We later discussed doing something else together and I had the idea of making a video. I’m very familiar with POSCA markers and wanted to combine their product with my aesthetic. In the video I wear the same outfit from my last video work, Hologram, which matches perfectly with the product. Inspired by old Japanese TV commercials, I had total creative control of the video, which was shot in my studio in New York. POSCA and I live in the same universe, so I hope the collaboration will continue.

BUBI CANAL (b. 1980, ES) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work deals with recurring themes of love, dreams, and magic. Focusing on audio-visual arts and sculpture, Canal received a BFA from Bilbao’s University of the Basque Country in 2005. His work has appeared in the British Journal of Photography and LensCulture, and has been exhibited at the likes of New York’s Aperture Foundation and Paris’s Centre Pompidou. Canal was featured as a Foam Talent in 2016.

Zanele Muholi

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Self Portrait

What’s New?

The images that comprise this edition of Self Portrait, drawn from Muholi’s ongoing Somnyama Ngonyama series, reveal her critical engagement with the historical and enduring tropes surrounding subjects like colonialism, ethnography, photography, and portrayals of the black female body.

Bubi Canal

I have always been a fan of POSCA markers. Last year, a company from New York invited me to do an installation in their ­offices. I contacted POSCA regarding the project and they were keen to collaborate. We later discussed doing something else together and I had the idea of making a video. I’m very familiar with POSCA markers and wanted to combine their product with my aesthetic. In the video I wear the same outfit from my last video work, Hologram, which matches perfectly with the product. Inspired by old Japanese TV commercials, I had total creative control of the video, which was shot in my studio in New York. POSCA and I live in the same universe, so I hope the collaboration will continue.

BUBI CANAL (b. 1980, ES) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work deals with recurring themes of love, dreams, and magic. Focusing on audio-visual arts and sculpture, Canal received a BFA from Bilbao’s University of the Basque Country in 2005. His work has appeared in the British Journal of Photography and LensCulture, and has been exhibited at the likes of New York’s Aperture Foundation and Paris’s Centre Pompidou. Canal was featured as a Foam Talent in 2016.

Zanele Muholi

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Self Portrait

Self Portrait

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Self Portrait

Self Portrait

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Toolbox

Toolbox

Peter P klus How does a project come to life? What does it take to create it? For Peter Puklus’ The Hero ­Mother — How to build a house, work began with some very ­literal building blocks. Having received a commission from Wienerberger — the world’s largest producer of bricks — Puklus set out to experiment with this most basic unit. In the months that followed, he and his wife welcomed their second child and inherited a house. These life changes prompted Puklus to consider the importance of providing a home for one’s family, as well as modern western society’s devaluing of motherhood. The project was awarded the Grand Prix Images Vevey 2017/2018.

All images and materials from The Hero Mother — How to build a house © Peter Puklus, courtesy of the artist

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Toolbox

Toolbox

Peter P klus How does a project come to life? What does it take to create it? For Peter Puklus’ The Hero ­Mother — How to build a house, work began with some very ­literal building blocks. Having received a commission from Wienerberger — the world’s largest producer of bricks — Puklus set out to experiment with this most basic unit. In the months that followed, he and his wife welcomed their second child and inherited a house. These life changes prompted Puklus to consider the importance of providing a home for one’s family, as well as modern western society’s devaluing of motherhood. The project was awarded the Grand Prix Images Vevey 2017/2018.

All images and materials from The Hero Mother — How to build a house © Peter Puklus, courtesy of the artist

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Interview

Interview

Wolfgang Tillmans in conversation with

AA Bronson Images by Mark Peckmezian

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Interview

Interview

Wolfgang Tillmans in conversation with

AA Bronson Images by Mark Peckmezian

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Interview astronomy prodigy until I was thirteen, then puberty kicked in and I completely dropped in science and school, and almost failed a class. Then there was this weird interest in Culture Club in London and dressing up, and music, but that was not considered high music or serious art at all. So I could experiment with whatever medium I wanted to in my teens and, in a way, not have it taken seriously by the world around me. AA

It protected you in a way.

WT Yes. Very few people did, and I’m very grateful to them. But, so did the music. Then this musical partner, this friend Bert left town and it was just over with no warning really. And then I never picked up the courage again and found the context that I’m in now. The pictures, the photocopies, became more important and I sort of moved behind the camera and away from the performative, but there really was a very performative impulse in me in my teens. Singing, speaking, writing, dressing up, taking pictures of myself or my friends. And we were in a dance company in the school, in the local school and that’s i­nterestingly how this performative somehow came back again. I mean, I was surprised last year by how naturally this release of music was taken, accepted by the audience. AA

WT And so yeah, this tank of course has its unique architectural feature of thirty metre circular space. There was a little bit of video as well, and we did the performance there. It’s a format that I think I will move more into. And also then I started collaborating with London musician Oscar Powell. I felt after this year of self-publishing this has to move more into, like, real music. AA

Doing it at a more serious level?

WT Yes. The Beyeler show, which will be open by the time that this interview comes out, that’s like the real challenge. Having the Tate exhibition was such an almost cathartic experience, you know, exposing of myself.

Well I think culturally you’re so embedded. I mean there’s a kind of aura of cultural and counter-cultural content in your work and in your life, so music feels like a very natural movement for you.

All images © Mark Peckmezian, courtesy Webber Represents

AA BRONSON (b. 1947, CA) has been a fixture of the art world since cofounding the artists group General Idea in 1969. From early on in his career, Bronson expressed ­diverse interests, and worked as an artist, publisher, writer, and ­curator. After the untimely deaths of his two General Idea partners Jorge Zontal and Felix Partz in 1994, Bronson began his career as a solo artist. Bronson frequently explores emotional, socio-political and cultural issues in his work. He currently lives and works in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, and his work can be found in many museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Canada, and MoMA.

WOLFGANG TILLMANS (b. 1968, DE) is an internationally acclaimed fine art photographer with a lengthy and distinguished career. Tillmans’ work is wide-ranging and inquisitive, spanning numerous visual genres, styles, and subjects. Among his accomplishments, in 2000 Tillmans was both the first photographer and the first non-British person to be awarded the prestigious Turner Prize. Throughout his career, ­Tillmans has remained dedicated to the idea that photography plays an important social role. He currently lives and works between Berlin and London, while his work can be found across the world in collections like The Met, MoMA, Guggenheim, and Tate Modern.

MARK PECKMEZIAN (b. 1985, CA) has carved out a name for himself in fine art, editorial, portraiture, and fashion photo­graphy. Since graduating with his BFA in photography from Ryerson University, ­Toronto in 2010, Peckmezian has shot for a diverse array of publications and clients including COS, Dazed, Double, Document, Fantastic Man, Hermès, Isabel Marant, New York Times Magazine, The New Y­orker, Stella McCartney, and ­Victoria Beckham. Peckmezian has a preference for the print medium for his photography, thus most of his works can be found in photobooks and magazines. He recently relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Berlin, Germany.

WT Yes. And now I did this installation at the Tate, South Tank. And that was like a complete departure. It was a time-based light and sound and video installation. It ended up being a hundred minutes long… an assembly of audio files that come from six different sources, but all mine. So it was a really uneven surprisingly interesting sequence of sounds to which we used twenty fully moveable computer controlled lights that we programmed in the week before with a lighting engineer. He was fantastic because he was super capable but not too proud to actually put his craft, his skills at my service. AA

That’s essential.


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Interview astronomy prodigy until I was thirteen, then puberty kicked in and I completely dropped in science and school, and almost failed a class. Then there was this weird interest in Culture Club in London and dressing up, and music, but that was not considered high music or serious art at all. So I could experiment with whatever medium I wanted to in my teens and, in a way, not have it taken seriously by the world around me. AA

It protected you in a way.

WT Yes. Very few people did, and I’m very grateful to them. But, so did the music. Then this musical partner, this friend Bert left town and it was just over with no warning really. And then I never picked up the courage again and found the context that I’m in now. The pictures, the photocopies, became more important and I sort of moved behind the camera and away from the performative, but there really was a very performative impulse in me in my teens. Singing, speaking, writing, dressing up, taking pictures of myself or my friends. And we were in a dance company in the school, in the local school and that’s i­nterestingly how this performative somehow came back again. I mean, I was surprised last year by how naturally this release of music was taken, accepted by the audience. AA

WT And so yeah, this tank of course has its unique architectural feature of thirty metre circular space. There was a little bit of video as well, and we did the performance there. It’s a format that I think I will move more into. And also then I started collaborating with London musician Oscar Powell. I felt after this year of self-publishing this has to move more into, like, real music. AA

Doing it at a more serious level?

WT Yes. The Beyeler show, which will be open by the time that this interview comes out, that’s like the real challenge. Having the Tate exhibition was such an almost cathartic experience, you know, exposing of myself.

Well I think culturally you’re so embedded. I mean there’s a kind of aura of cultural and counter-cultural content in your work and in your life, so music feels like a very natural movement for you.

All images © Mark Peckmezian, courtesy Webber Represents

AA BRONSON (b. 1947, CA) has been a fixture of the art world since cofounding the artists group General Idea in 1969. From early on in his career, Bronson expressed ­diverse interests, and worked as an artist, publisher, writer, and ­curator. After the untimely deaths of his two General Idea partners Jorge Zontal and Felix Partz in 1994, Bronson began his career as a solo artist. Bronson frequently explores emotional, socio-political and cultural issues in his work. He currently lives and works in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, and his work can be found in many museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Canada, and MoMA.

WOLFGANG TILLMANS (b. 1968, DE) is an internationally acclaimed fine art photographer with a lengthy and distinguished career. Tillmans’ work is wide-ranging and inquisitive, spanning numerous visual genres, styles, and subjects. Among his accomplishments, in 2000 Tillmans was both the first photographer and the first non-British person to be awarded the prestigious Turner Prize. Throughout his career, ­Tillmans has remained dedicated to the idea that photography plays an important social role. He currently lives and works between Berlin and London, while his work can be found across the world in collections like The Met, MoMA, Guggenheim, and Tate Modern.

MARK PECKMEZIAN (b. 1985, CA) has carved out a name for himself in fine art, editorial, portraiture, and fashion photo­graphy. Since graduating with his BFA in photography from Ryerson University, ­Toronto in 2010, Peckmezian has shot for a diverse array of publications and clients including COS, Dazed, Double, Document, Fantastic Man, Hermès, Isabel Marant, New York Times Magazine, The New Y­orker, Stella McCartney, and ­Victoria Beckham. Peckmezian has a preference for the print medium for his photography, thus most of his works can be found in photobooks and magazines. He recently relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Berlin, Germany.

WT Yes. And now I did this installation at the Tate, South Tank. And that was like a complete departure. It was a time-based light and sound and video installation. It ended up being a hundred minutes long… an assembly of audio files that come from six different sources, but all mine. So it was a really uneven surprisingly interesting sequence of sounds to which we used twenty fully moveable computer controlled lights that we programmed in the week before with a lighting engineer. He was fantastic because he was super capable but not too proud to actually put his craft, his skills at my service. AA

That’s essential.


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Snapshots — A Visual Diary

Snapshots — A Visual Diary

Azu Nwagbogu

Shane Lavalette

AZU NWAGBOGU (b. 1975, NG), i­ s Curator at Large of Photography at the Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography, and an active member of the photographic community, with a focus on contemporary A­frican artists. Nwagbogu has founded several photography related organizations in Nigeria, including the ­African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) in 2007; the National Art Competition in 2008; and LagosPhoto Festival in 2010. He has ­organized exhibitions at institutions like BOZAR, Brussels; Cape Town Art Fair; and Les Recontres d’Arles. He currently lives and works in ­Lagos, Nigeria.

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SHANE LAVALETTE (b. 1987, US) graduated with a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston. Lavalette’s work has been shown widely, including exhibitions at Fotostiftung Schweiz; Musée de L’Elysée; Robert Morat Galerie; Kaunas Photography Gallery; Le Château d'Eau; and The High Museum of Art. His work has been featured by The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME, NPR, CNN, The Telegraph, and Hotshoe, among other publications. Lavalette, who was a Foam Talent in 2012, is the founding publisher and editor of Lavalette as well as the Director of Light Work, an artist-run, nonprofit photography organization in Syracuse, New York.


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Snapshots — A Visual Diary

Snapshots — A Visual Diary

Azu Nwagbogu

Shane Lavalette

AZU NWAGBOGU (b. 1975, NG), i­ s Curator at Large of Photography at the Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography, and an active member of the photographic community, with a focus on contemporary A­frican artists. Nwagbogu has founded several photography related organizations in Nigeria, including the ­African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) in 2007; the National Art Competition in 2008; and LagosPhoto Festival in 2010. He has ­organized exhibitions at institutions like BOZAR, Brussels; Cape Town Art Fair; and Les Recontres d’Arles. He currently lives and works in ­Lagos, Nigeria.

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SHANE LAVALETTE (b. 1987, US) graduated with a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston. Lavalette’s work has been shown widely, including exhibitions at Fotostiftung Schweiz; Musée de L’Elysée; Robert Morat Galerie; Kaunas Photography Gallery; Le Château d'Eau; and The High Museum of Art. His work has been featured by The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME, NPR, CNN, The Telegraph, and Hotshoe, among other publications. Lavalette, who was a Foam Talent in 2012, is the founding publisher and editor of Lavalette as well as the Director of Light Work, an artist-run, nonprofit photography organization in Syracuse, New York.


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Unexpected Marriages

Unexpected Marriages

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Jon Urs × Rafman Schönebaum

Celebrating Startling Collaborations

When Pierre Audi, Artistic Director of the Dutch National Opera, asked multimedia artist Jon Rafman to provide visuals for a new production of Alberto Ginastera’s 1967 opera Bomarzo at Teatro Real, Madrid, he trusted Rafman would come up with something unique. Inspired by the simple sets and fluorescent lighting designs of Urs Schönebaum, Rafman reconstructed the mind of the opera’s central character: a deformed, self-loathing man named Pier Francesco Orsini. In the opera, Orsini builds a garden of monsters representative of his own ugly feelings. Bringing this narrative into the internet age, Rafman’s video conjures Orsini’s psychological landscape, evoking the sense of a virtual world built by a cowardly, bitter internet troll living in his mother’s basement.


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Unexpected Marriages

Unexpected Marriages

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Jon Urs × Rafman Schönebaum

Celebrating Startling Collaborations

When Pierre Audi, Artistic Director of the Dutch National Opera, asked multimedia artist Jon Rafman to provide visuals for a new production of Alberto Ginastera’s 1967 opera Bomarzo at Teatro Real, Madrid, he trusted Rafman would come up with something unique. Inspired by the simple sets and fluorescent lighting designs of Urs Schönebaum, Rafman reconstructed the mind of the opera’s central character: a deformed, self-loathing man named Pier Francesco Orsini. In the opera, Orsini builds a garden of monsters representative of his own ugly feelings. Bringing this narrative into the internet age, Rafman’s video conjures Orsini’s psychological landscape, evoking the sense of a virtual world built by a cowardly, bitter internet troll living in his mother’s basement.


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Unexpected Marriages

Foam Paul Huf Award Winner 2017

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Romain Mader

JON RAFMAN (b. 1981, CA) is an artist who explores technology and digital culture. He received a BA in philo­ sophy and literature from McGill University, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Rafman has exhibited internationally at venues including The Zabludowicz Collection, London; the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. His next solo exhibition will take place at Sprueth Magers Gallery, Berlin in Fall 2017. Rafman’s work has appeared in Artforum, Art in America, and frieze; he is represented by Zach Feuer Gallery and lives and works in Montreal, Canada. URS SCHÖNEBAUM (DE) is a lighting designer for opera, theatre, installations, and performances. His work has been seen in well over 100 ­productions at major theatres worldwide. He works with directors such as Thomas Ostermeier, La Fura dels Baus, William ­Kentridge, ­Michael Haneke, and Pierre Audi, and is a long-time collaborator with Robert Wilson. His work has included ­lighting designs for art projects with Marina Abramović, Vanessa Beecroft, Dan Graham, Anselm ­Kiefer, and Taryn Simon. Since 2012, Schönebaum has also worked as a set designer and stage director.

In March 2017, Romain Mader was selected as the eleventh winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award. Each year, an independent jury comprised of leading industry professionals evaluates the work of 100 photographers, nominated by gallerists, curators, critics, photographers, publishers and art school faculties from around the world. As well as an exhibition at Foam, the winner is awarded a prize of €20,000, whilst their work is featured in Foam Magazine. This year, the jury chose Romain Mader for his series Ekaterina as well as his significant promise of a practice that is notable for the humor and irony with which he addresses serious issues. Ekaterina was published by Mörel Books in 2016, and is also available as a video work with voice-over on the artist’s website.


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Unexpected Marriages

Foam Paul Huf Award Winner 2017

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Romain Mader

JON RAFMAN (b. 1981, CA) is an artist who explores technology and digital culture. He received a BA in philo­ sophy and literature from McGill University, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Rafman has exhibited internationally at venues including The Zabludowicz Collection, London; the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. His next solo exhibition will take place at Sprueth Magers Gallery, Berlin in Fall 2017. Rafman’s work has appeared in Artforum, Art in America, and frieze; he is represented by Zach Feuer Gallery and lives and works in Montreal, Canada. URS SCHÖNEBAUM (DE) is a lighting designer for opera, theatre, installations, and performances. His work has been seen in well over 100 ­productions at major theatres worldwide. He works with directors such as Thomas Ostermeier, La Fura dels Baus, William ­Kentridge, ­Michael Haneke, and Pierre Audi, and is a long-time collaborator with Robert Wilson. His work has included ­lighting designs for art projects with Marina Abramović, Vanessa Beecroft, Dan Graham, Anselm ­Kiefer, and Taryn Simon. Since 2012, Schönebaum has also worked as a set designer and stage director.

In March 2017, Romain Mader was selected as the eleventh winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award. Each year, an independent jury comprised of leading industry professionals evaluates the work of 100 photographers, nominated by gallerists, curators, critics, photographers, publishers and art school faculties from around the world. As well as an exhibition at Foam, the winner is awarded a prize of €20,000, whilst their work is featured in Foam Magazine. This year, the jury chose Romain Mader for his series Ekaterina as well as his significant promise of a practice that is notable for the humor and irony with which he addresses serious issues. Ekaterina was published by Mörel Books in 2016, and is also available as a video work with voice-over on the artist’s website.


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Romain Mader

ROMAIN MADER (b. 1988, CH) studied photography at the University of Arts & Design (ECAL) Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2017, Mader was selected as the eleventh winner of the prestigious Foam Paul Huf Award. Mader’s work has been shown in venues including Tate Modern, London and OCAT, Shanghai, and featured in publications such as The Washington Post, Vice, Art Daily, British Journal of Photography, Tate Etc., and GUP Magazine.

Images on p.38 from the series Moi Avec Des F ­ illes and The Girlfriend Experience © Romain Mader, c ­ ourtesy of the artist All other images from the series Ekaterina © Romain Mader, courtesy of the artist

MIRJAM KOOIMAN (b. 1990, NL) is a curator at Foam, where she has worked on shows including Harley Weir — Boundaries, Ai Weiwei — #SafePassage. She holds a BA in Art History and an MA in ­Curating from the University of Amsterdam, with a special interest in postcolonial approaches in the arts and museum studies. She ­previously served as a curator-intraining at the photography collection of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk ­Museum. Mirjam lives and works in Amsterdam.

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ROMAIN MADER (b. 1988, CH) studied photography at the University of Arts & Design (ECAL) Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2017, Mader was selected as the eleventh winner of the prestigious Foam Paul Huf Award. Mader’s work has been shown in venues including Tate Modern, London and OCAT, Shanghai, and featured in publications such as The Washington Post, Vice, Art Daily, British Journal of Photography, Tate Etc., and GUP Magazine.

Images on p.38 from the series Moi Avec Des F ­ illes and The Girlfriend Experience © Romain Mader, c ­ ourtesy of the artist All other images from the series Ekaterina © Romain Mader, courtesy of the artist

MIRJAM KOOIMAN (b. 1990, NL) is a curator at Foam, where she has worked on shows including Harley Weir — Boundaries, Ai Weiwei — #SafePassage. She holds a BA in Art History and an MA in ­Curating from the University of Amsterdam, with a special interest in postcolonial approaches in the arts and museum studies. She ­previously served as a curator-intraining at the photography collection of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk ­Museum. Mirjam lives and works in Amsterdam.

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ALINKA ECHEVERRĂ?A Fieldnotes for Nicephora

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VASANTHA YOGANANTHAN A Myth of Two Souls

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VASANTHA YOGANANTHAN A Myth of Two Souls

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CLÉMENT LAMBELET Collateral Visions

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CLÉMENT LAMBELET Collateral Visions

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WANG NAN Fluorite

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VIACHESLAV POLIAKOV Lviv – God’s Will

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MARK DORF Transposition

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MARK DORF Transposition

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DAVID DE BEYTER Big Bangers

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DAVID DE BEYTER Big Bangers

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QUENTIN LACOMBE Event Horizon

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WERONIKA GĘSICKA Traces

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BEN SCHONBERGER Beautiful Pig

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BEN SCHONBERGER Beautiful Pig

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SADEGH SOURI Fuel Smuggling

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SADEGH SOURI Fuel Smuggling

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SUSHANT CHHABRIA In Loving Memory Of

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NAMSA LEUBA Next Generation Lagos

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MARTIN ERRICHIELLO & FILIPPO MENICHETTI In Fourth Person

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MARTIN ERRICHIELLO & FILIPPO MENICHETTI In Fourth Person

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ALIX MARIE Bleu

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ALIX MARIE Bleu

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WANG JUYAN Project 2085

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ERIK MADIGAN HECK Kawakubo: Interpreter of Dreams

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HARIT SRIKHAO Mt. Meru

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HARIT SRIKHAO Mt. Meru

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THOMAS KUIJPERS Bad Trip

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THOMAS KUIJPERS Bad Trip

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KAI OH It Changes

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KAI OH It Changes

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André Kertész 15 September 2017 – 10 January 2018

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Mirroring Life

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André Kertész 15 September 2017 – 10 January 2018

Burlesque dancer (Satyric dancer), 1926, Andre Kértesz Ministère de la Culture / Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine / Dist Rmn © Donation André Kertész

Mirroring Life

This exhibition is organised by Jeu de Paume, Paris, in collaboration with la Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine, ministère de la Culture – France and diChroma photography.

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The Hobbyist – Hobbies, Photography and the Hobby of Photography 09.09.2017–28.01.2018 Balthasar Burkhard 10.02.–21.05.2018

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Fotomuseum Winterthur

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The Hobbyist – Hobbies, Photography and the Hobby of Photography 09.09.2017–28.01.2018 Balthasar Burkhard 10.02.–21.05.2018

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Foam Paul Huf Award Winner 2016

The Master Institute MA Photography Open Day: 4th of November akvstjoostmasters.nl

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Verena Blok, Where Swans Meet

Daisuke Yokota Limited edition prints available at Foam Editions


Foam Paul Huf Award Winner 2016

The Master Institute MA Photography Open Day: 4th of November akvstjoostmasters.nl

Untitled, from the series Matter/Burn Out, 2016 Š Daisuke Yokota 60 x 44,4 cm, edition of 25 + 2AP, ₏ 650,-

The complete Foam Editions collection comprises of over 180 works by renowned photographers and emerging talents and can all be bought on shop.foam.org.

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Verena Blok, Where Swans Meet

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Marloes Krijnen EDITORS Marcel Feil, Marloes Krijnen, Elisa Medde MANAGING EDITOR Elisa Medde EDITORIAL ASSISTANT George H. King EDITORIAL INTERN Hannah Macaluso-Green MAGAZINE MANAGEMENT Matthijs Bakker, Maureen Marck, Miranda Jonker ART DIRECTOR Hamid Sallali DESIGN & LAYOUT Ayumi Higuchi, Hamid Sallali TYPEFACES Haarlem AM (Adrien Menard), L15 Medium, L15 Medium ­Extended & Boogie School Sans (type) CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS Andrey Bogush, Bubi Canal, Sushant Chhabria, David De Beyter, Javier del Real, Mark Dorf, Alinka Echeverria, Weronika Gęsicka, Ina Jang, Wang Juyan, Heikki Kaski, Thomas Kuijpers, Quentin Lacombe, Clément Lambelet, Shane Lavalette, Namsa Leuba, Pablo Lopez Luz, Romain Mader, Erik Madigan Heck, Alix Marie, Martin Errichiello and Filippo Menichetti, Zanele Muholi, Wang Nan, Azu Nwagbogu, Kai Oh, Mark Peckmezian, Viacheslav Poliakov, Peter Puklus, Ben Schonberger, Sadegh Souri, Harit Srikhao, Vasantha Yogananthan FRONT COVER Untitled #5, from the series Traces, 2015 © Weronika ­Gęsicka BACK COVER Breaking The Bow, Ayodhya, ­India, 2015 (Black and white inkjet print illustrated by ­Mahalaxmi & Shantanu Das) from the series A Myth of Two Souls © Vasantha Yogananthan, courtesy of the artist INSIDE BACK COVER Image from the series Event Horizon © Quentin Lacombe and Event Horizon, courtesy of the artist

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