41 min.

Talent Talks 2022 with Marvel Harris & Hélène Selam Kleih Foam Talks

    • Kunst

Foam produced this special series of podcasts on the occasion of Foam Talent 2022. Each episode focusses on one artist aiming to evoke a conversation around their approach and contextualising it within the photography field while not forgetting the personal stories behind it. Each conversation features a special guest that offers an insight into the discourses surrounding a specific project. The series is hosted by Mirelva Berghout, curator of this year's Foam Talent exhibition.


Marvel Harris (he/they) is a photographer born and raised in the Netherlands. His photographic work revolves around his experiences as an autistic, genderqueer, transgender person who has struggled with mental health problems for many years. While suffering from an eating disorder and depression, Marvel started capturing himself with a camera to manage emotions he could not adequately put into words. Observing his life unfold through his work, he realised how photography helps him understand his own complex identity. The resulting self-portraits are part of his ongoing long-term project entitled Inner Journey, and they aim to communicate with a raw honesty. Stemming from a personal craving to connect with the world around him, this autobiographical story, where photography and life entwine and merge, invites others to participate in his vulnerability, offering them an insight into his mind.


Hélène Selam Kleih is a writer, publisher and model primarily concerned with the politics of language and its ability to elevate the voices of those marginalised, ultimately working towards the depoliticisation of language. Her work concentrates on inter-generational trauma as a result of displacement and explores the nuances of language within mental health. She is the writer and founder of HIM + HIS, a charity and anthology exploring masculinity, men and mental health. Hélène is currently training to be a psychotherapist.

Concept: Amelie Schüle & Mirelva Berghout
Production: Nordin Janssen
Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

Foam produced this special series of podcasts on the occasion of Foam Talent 2022. Each episode focusses on one artist aiming to evoke a conversation around their approach and contextualising it within the photography field while not forgetting the personal stories behind it. Each conversation features a special guest that offers an insight into the discourses surrounding a specific project. The series is hosted by Mirelva Berghout, curator of this year's Foam Talent exhibition.


Marvel Harris (he/they) is a photographer born and raised in the Netherlands. His photographic work revolves around his experiences as an autistic, genderqueer, transgender person who has struggled with mental health problems for many years. While suffering from an eating disorder and depression, Marvel started capturing himself with a camera to manage emotions he could not adequately put into words. Observing his life unfold through his work, he realised how photography helps him understand his own complex identity. The resulting self-portraits are part of his ongoing long-term project entitled Inner Journey, and they aim to communicate with a raw honesty. Stemming from a personal craving to connect with the world around him, this autobiographical story, where photography and life entwine and merge, invites others to participate in his vulnerability, offering them an insight into his mind.


Hélène Selam Kleih is a writer, publisher and model primarily concerned with the politics of language and its ability to elevate the voices of those marginalised, ultimately working towards the depoliticisation of language. Her work concentrates on inter-generational trauma as a result of displacement and explores the nuances of language within mental health. She is the writer and founder of HIM + HIS, a charity and anthology exploring masculinity, men and mental health. Hélène is currently training to be a psychotherapist.

Concept: Amelie Schüle & Mirelva Berghout
Production: Nordin Janssen
Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

41 min.

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