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Podcast by Foam | all about photography

Foam Talks Foam | all about photography

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Podcast by Foam | all about photography

    Digital Layers of War - Alexandra Rose Howland & Wafaa Bilal

    Digital Layers of War - Alexandra Rose Howland & Wafaa Bilal

    Twenty years ago 9/11 took place, leading the United States to announce its 'War on Terror' and involving Iraq in an ongoing conflict. This war was deemed as the first 'smartphone war' due to the introduction of the smartphone as an object of mass consumption in 2007. The widespread use of digital cameras enabled millions of users to capture the conflict from angles which had previously been out of sight. What formerly had been the domain of photojournalists and governmental agencies, became a limitless stream of images shared on the internet. This gave digital media a vital role in portraying the confrontation's countless layers.

    In this podcast, curator Mirjam Kooiman engages in a conversation with artists Alexandra Rose Howland (b. 1990, US/UK) and Wafaa Bilal (b. 1966, IQ/US). Through their distinctive artistic practices, they reflect on the role of remote-access technology, social media and online and offline participation in the Iraqi conflict from opposite sides of the spectrum.

    Concept: Mirjam Kooiman and Valeria Posada Villada
    Production: Nordin Janssen
    Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Foam Talks x Paris Photo - Simon Lehner & Victoria Pidust

    Foam Talks x Paris Photo - Simon Lehner & Victoria Pidust

    New media techniques like 3D rendering and artificial intelligence are pushing the boundaries of contemporary photography. By not making a distinction between real and generated images Simon Lehner (1996, DE) and Victoria Pidust (1992, UA) question our perception of reality. With Shoair Malvian, director of Photoworks and curator of Paris Photo Curiosa sector, the two artists speak about how they are pushing photography outside the frame.


    Simon Lehner’s work is based on personal experiences. Its documentary core explores contemporary issues, social structures, psychology and its relation to current human and social developments through direct and embedded observation. The series uses fundamental elements and physical gestures of image-making as an analogy to the control that trauma can exercise over memories and self-perception. His project ‘’The Mind is a Voice, the Voice is Blind’’ presents a digital reconstruction of Simon Lehner’s childhood memories. The artist sought to relive his childhood traumas, creating 3D-renders of people and places of his past. In this way, Lehner compares the process of digital post-production to the constant unconscious reconfiguration of our own personal memories.


    With her hyperrealist, layered panoramas, Victoria Pidust takes us into a visual maze where our perception is stirred up. The artist adapts generative aesthetic and concrete art to her artistic practice thereby transforming photography's traditional purpose of depicting reality into a creative endeavour. In her hybrid baroque-like works, analogue and digital images unite subjective and generative photography. Based on photogrammetry, her expressive digital photographic works are produced through human consciousness and artificial intelligence and describe the path from 2D to 3D.


    Together, Foam and Paris Photo present a brand-new season of the podcast series Foam Talks: Talent Edition. This series presents eight talented image-makers from both the fair's Curiosa Sector and Foam Talent 2021. Each of the episodes welcomes two photographers, one of each organisations' talent programme. Brought together by a common theme and approach, the photographers speak about their projects and motivations, as well as the challenges they encounter.


    Not to miss the works of the artists, please visit the digital exhibition at Talent.foam.org and the work at the Curiosa sector of Paris Photo.


    Concept: Amelie Schüle and Hinde Heast
    
Production: Nordin Janssen

    Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

    • 53 min
    Foam Talks x Paris Photo - Heather Agyepong & John Yuyi

    Foam Talks x Paris Photo - Heather Agyepong & John Yuyi

    “The body is an archive. It remembers everything – even the things that the head forgets.” Visual artist-performers Heather Agyepong (UK) and John Yuyi (TW, 1991) explore their own bodies as a vessel for personal and collective (hi)stories. Their work begs the question of how photography can be, and has been, used to perform a gendered and racialised persona. Through performance and self-portraiture, the artists unearth new ways to engage the body as both a target and an instrument of visual activism. Together with Hinde Haest, curator of Foam Talent Digital 2021, the artists go into conversation about their respective processes and the challenges they face.


    Heather Agyepong uses lens-based practices and performance to explore collective wellbeing, activism, the African diaspora and the archive. The lead character of one of Agyepong’s recent projects ‘Wish You Were Here’ is the celebrated African-American vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker. She was known as the Queen of the Cake Walk, a dance craze that swept the United States and Europe in the early 1900s. By personifying the figure of Overton Walker, Heather Agyepong reimagined her story as one of (black, female) agency instead of oppression.


    The work of Yuyi John explores her own body as a malleable object and a product of consumer culture. Through social media, stickers and other lowbrow means of mass-communication she seeks experimental new forms to ‘brand’ her own feminity. With this, John formulates a newfound understanding of what individuality means in the context of millennial culture and the both liberating and oppressive social media landscape. The artist constructs a raw, unapologetic, often jarring and seemingly nonsensical interpretation of her own mediated identity.


    Together, Foam and Paris Photo present a brand-new season of the podcast series Foam Talks: Talent Edition. This series presents eight talented image-makers from both the fair's Curiosa Sector and Foam Talent 2021. Each of the episodes welcomes two photographers, one of each organisations' talent programme. Brought together by a common theme and approach, the photographers speak about their projects and motivations, as well as the challenges they encounter.


    Not to miss the works of the artists, please visit the digital exhibition at Talent.foam.org and the work at the Curiosa sector of Paris Photo.


    Concept: Amelie Schüle & Hinde Heast
    
Production: Nordin Janssen

    Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

    • 47 min
    Foam Talks x Paris Photo - Igor Tereshkov & Anastasia Samoylova

    Foam Talks x Paris Photo - Igor Tereshkov & Anastasia Samoylova

    The medium of photography and the world are changing rapidly. Photographers Igor Tereshkov (RU, 1989) and Anastasia Samoylova (RU/US, 1984) are part of a new generation of documentary photographers. Experimenting with different techniques, the two research the connection between humans and their environment. Together with David Campany, Managing Director of Programs at the International Center of Photography, the two artists speak about their research.


    Igor Tereshkov works with mixed media including documentary photography and experiments with different photo process and mediums. His work revolves around topics such as environment, ecology and the Anthropocene. One of these examples is his series ‘Oil and Moss’ shot in KhMAO, the district producing about 50% of Russia’s oil. This work shows the irresponsible handling of fossils and the damage this brings to Indigenous People and nature.


    Anastasia Samoylova moves between observational photography, studio practice and installation. By utilizing tools and strategies related to digital media and commercial photography, her work explores notions of environmentalism, consumerism and the picturesque. Her recent series ‘Floridas’ document Florida’s complex history and its connection to the broader context of contemporary USA.


    Together, Foam and Paris Photo present a brand-new season of the podcast series Foam Talks: Talent Edition. This series presents eight talented image-makers from both the fair's Curiosa Sector and Foam Talent 2021. Each of the episodes welcomes two photographers, one of each organisations' talent programme. Brought together by a common theme and approach, the photographers speak about their projects and motivations, as well as the challenges they encounter.


    Not to miss the works of the artists, please visit the digital exhibition at Talent.foam.org and the work at the Curiosa sector of Paris Photo.


    Concept: Amelie Schüle and Hinde Heast
    
Production: Nordin Janssen

    Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

    • 51 min
    Foam Talks x Paris Photo - Sarker Protick & AnaMary Bilbao

    Foam Talks x Paris Photo - Sarker Protick & AnaMary Bilbao

    Photography has the power to translate the intangible. The work of photographers Sarker Protick (1986, IN) and AnaMary Bilbao (1986, PT) aims to visualise philosophical concepts such as impermanence or materiality of time. In dialogue with Elisa Medde, Editor in Chief of Foam Magazine, they talk about their conceptual approaches.


    In the associative sequences of Sarker Protick’s work ‘রশ্মি / Raśmi / Ray’, light is the main protagonist and a metaphor for illumination – be it spiritual or scientific. Raśmi is a Sanskrit word which can be found in the Bengali language meaning ‘Ray of Light’. Rooted in personal experiences of loss and grief, the work explores our existence in a cosmos that is both infinitely small and unfathomably wide. All photographs were taken with a cell phone, capturing our indirect (screen-based) relation to the world around us. Devoid of a sense of scale, the images become ambivalent: are we looking at a microscopic view of the neural system, or an aerial photograph of a river delta? An anti-depressant pill could just as well be an image of the Earth from space, and vice versa.


    In her project inspired by ‘Le Bleu du ciel’ by Georges Bataille, AnaMary Bilbao explores the ideas of eternity and mortality, reality and dreams, belief and doubt. The works open a dialogue that suggests new connections and interpretations. Without ever aiming to close themselves in a specific narrative, they seek to expose the indeterminacy contained in the imminence of what is about to happen. All the works live from this tension, from the uncertainty of the images’ content and their openness to interpretation.


    Together, Foam and Paris Photo present a brand-new season of the podcast series Foam Talks: Talent Edition. This series presents eight talented image-makers from both the fair's Curiosa Sector and Foam Talent 2021. Each of the episodes welcomes two photographers, one of each organisations' talent programme. Brought together by a common theme and approach, the photographers speak about their projects and motivations, as well as the challenges they encounter.


    Not to miss the works of the artists, please visit the digital exhibition at Talent.foam.org and the work at the Curiosa sector of Paris Photo.


    Concept: Amelie Schüle and Hinde Heast
    
Production: Nordin Janssen

    Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

    • 51 min
    Monuments - Douglas Mandry

    Monuments - Douglas Mandry

    The tenth episode of Foam Talks welcomes the Swiss artist Douglas Mandry, whose work is currently part of the Foam Talents 2020 exhibition. His work is characterized by his experimental use of historic photographic techniques and self-invented processes, through which he reconfigures depictions of our natural environment.


    Foam produced this episode as part of a special series of podcasts on the occasion of Foam Talent 2020. Each episode focusses on one artist aiming to evoke a conversation around their approach, offer an insight into the discourses surrounding a specific project, contextualizing it within the photography field while not forgetting the personal stories and dreams behind it. The conversations are moderated by Mirjam Kooiman, curator of the Foam Talent 2020 exhibition.


    Concept: Mirjam Kooiman and Amelie Schüle
    
Production: Nordin Janssen

    Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

    • 1 hr 7 min

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