From March 22 to April 8, Red Hook Labs will present “Foam Talent”; a group exhibition bringing together 20 international artists whose work explores a myriad of subjects and techniques. Selected through the annual Foam Talent Call – the largest to date, with 1.790 submissions from 75 different countries – the 20 image-makers presented in this exhibition represent a cross-section of the current state of photography.
About “Foam Talent”
The submissions constitute a cross-section of the various ways in which contemporary photographers approach the ever-evolving photographic medium and reveal a series of growing trends and tendencies. Many of the featured artists express socio-political concerns in their work. Hari Srikhao comments on the divine status of the monarchy in his homeland Thailand, while Thomas Kuipers researches how online imagery feeds a collective fear of terrorism. Questions of identity and representation remain important themes for a new generation of photographers. This becomes apparent in the vulnerable and at times grotesque visualization of the body by Alix Marie. As well as in the radiant studio portraits of Namsa Leuba, who draws on her Guinese origin. A striking number of long-term projects are included, that acquired greater depth of meaning over time. Vasantha Yogananthan travelled the length of India, tracing the footsteps of the Hindu deity Rama. The monumental Chinese landscapes by Wang Juyan are constructed from aerial photographs he made over the course of several years. Equally striking is that today’s emerging photographers embrace a wide range of media in their practice, and rarely confine themselves to the camera alone. Examples are the extensive car wreck installations of David de Beyter and the photo sculptures by Mark Dorf. This new generation of inspiring photographers reflects on the nature, history and development of the photographic medium.
The Talent issue of Foam Magazine serves as an exhibition catalogue and provides more in-depth texts around the featured artists’ work. In recent years, the Foam Talent exhibition has travelled internationally to cities such as Paris, Brussels, New York and London. This year, the work of the selected photographers tours again, beginning in Amsterdam, travelling to New York, London and Frankfurt.
March 22, 6pm – 9pm | “Opening: 2nd Annual Foam Talent” | Red Hook Labs, New York, NY
March 23, 6:30pm – 9pm | “Talent Talk: Scouting and Presenting Talent” | International Center of Photography, New York, NY
March 22 – April 8 | On View: “Foam Talent” | Red Hook Labs, New York, NY