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The Rebirth of Red Lotus, from the series Red Lotus, 2019 © Kamonlak SukchaiCourtesy of the artist

The digital exhibition spotlighting photography’s fresh new generation

Showcasing multimedia work by 19 young artists, Foam Talent has adapted its yearly programme to include a virtual installation

Each year, Foam Magazine showcases the next generation of photographers as part of its Foam Talent exhibition – an event which offers artists under the age of 35 the chance to submit their work via a global Talent Call.

In 2020, however – as with everything – things have changed. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Foam Talent has been unable to travel to a number of its locations, inspiring the magazine to launch a digital exhibition alongside its remaining shows.

Displaying the work of this year’s 19 finalists, Foam Talent | Digital will incorporate audio, video, and effects, and aims to present photography in respect of the digital space: without museum walls, boundaries, and constraints.

The overarching theme of this year’s Foam Talent is the idea of portraiture, and its use as a means of analysing oneself and the past. The free, digital exhibition will showcase extended portfolio work by each photographer, including video artwork, accompanying soundscapes or music, audio voice overs, and video interviews. 

“The exhibition nods to the explorative nature of visiting a museum,” Foam said in a press release, “yet instead of attempting to recreate it, leads a viewer in a way for them to discover and experience new things: digitally native, intuitively.”

Foam Talent | Digital will run alongside the artists’ features in Foam Magazine #55: Talent, as well as the touring installation, which was on display in Berlin until November 1, and will head to Amsterdam from December 18 2020 to April 7 2021.

In it, Alba Zari makes use of family photographs and computer technology to recreate her unknown biological father, while Karla Hiraldo Voleau challenges the male gaze with her portraits of herself and her lovers. Zimbabwe born and raised Micha Serraf shifts from personal pronouns to mark the fluidity of gender identity, with stunning, soft photography, and Rahima Gambo imagines a poetic alternative narrative for the experiences of students schooling in Northeastern Nigeria, where the Shehu Sanda Kyarimi Government Secondary School was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists in 2013. 

Visit the gallery above for a glimpse of some of the exceptional work included in Foam Talent | Digital, which is open to the public here from today (November 19) and will run until April 21 2021.

Foam Talent 2020 will run at the Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam from December 18 2020 - April 7 2021. Dazed is proud to continue its media partnership with Foam Talent. You can find the full list of photographers here