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Foam Talent: Exhibition at Frankfurter Kunstverein offers a unique look at current artistic trends
Alinka Echeverría, Fieldnotes for Nicephora (2015), 2018; Photo: N. Miguletz, Copyright; Frankfurter Kunstverein.

FRANKFURT.- For the first time in Germany, the Frankfurter Kunstverein presents the internationally renowned, showcase exhibition Foam Talent in collaboration with Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. The exhibition is considered one of the most innovative formats for discovering emerging trends in photography.

It presents twenty young artists in comprehensive ensembles of works. These ensembles sketch out the image of a generation characterized by questioning everything from individual to collective identities, the effects of territorial conflict, subcultural phenomena, and the realm of possibilities within photographic production. A number of artists make use of anthropological methods and undergo intensive, long-term research for their projects. Others start with found materials from historical archives, private collections, and the Internet, which they use as raw materials for their artistic investigations. Other artists’ methods are characterized by activist approaches and strategies drawn from investigative journalism.

Their works deal with social fates and cultural differences, the human body and its representation, political surveillance, and the power of religious myths. Numerous works question the camera’s objectivity, addressing the ambiguity of the photographic image. In the context of “real fake” photographs and the moving image, not only the medium but also the notion of representing reality itself becomes a point of critical, even skeptical, observation among anyone who has taken on the task of trying to represent it.

The works brought together for the exhibition represent a renewed interest in the feedback of real conditions. They offer an inside view of subcultural phenomena, reflect on political implications and societal upheaval, and seek out the historical precedent for aspects of contemporary life. The twenty international artists have in common a search for the current limitations on and possibilities for expansion within photographic representation using available technical and digital means. They use found photographic material and reflect on archival content, they work with text and image as complementary elements, and they venture beyond the limits of traditional concepts of photography with sculptural installations and the incorporation of video works.

Foam Talent | Frankfurt offers a unique look at current artistic trends. It functions as a barometer for a medium in a constant state of change in the digital age.

Featuring: Sushant Chhabria (IN), David De Beyter (FR), Mark Dorf (US), Alinka Echeverría (MX), Weronika Gęsicka (PL), Wang Juyan (CN), Thomas Kuijpers (NL), Quentin Lacombe (FR), Clément Lambelet (CH), Namsa Leuba (CH/GN), Erik Madigan Heck (US), Alix Marie (FR/UK), Martin Errichiello (IT) & Filippo Menichetti (IT), Wang Nan (CN), Kai Oh (KR), Viacheslav Poliakov (PL), Ben Schonberger (US), Sadegh Souri (IR), Harit Srikhao (TH) and Vasantha Yogananthan (FR).

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