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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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