Foam celebrates Amsterdam Pride 2022 by promoting a discussion around Queer history and delving deep on its local archives. The talk features Anton Shebetko (Ukraine, 1990) and Karol Radziszewski (Poland, 1980), artists who have striven to retrace and document the lives of queer communities in Eastern Europe. Hosted by Curator Jim van Geel, they will reflect on how mediums such as photography have created a path to access previously unrecorded moments of joy, passion and defiance. They will also share how they have creatively addressed historical gaps and continue to chronicle the lives of their communities amidst erasure and exile.
Anton Shebetko (1990, Ukraine) is an artist and photographer based in Amsterdam. He works closely with LGBTQ-related topics, themes of memory, loss of identity, violence and the possible role of photography in it. His extended research deals with forgotten queer history of his native Ukraine, politics of erasure queer people from national memory and their invisibility in the present day.
Karol Radziszewski (1980, Poland) is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker and curator. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2004, he is now publisher and editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine and founder of the Queer Archives Institute. His multidisciplinary research, as well as his archive-based methodology, crosses multiple cultural, historical, religious, social and gender references.
Jim van Geel is Coordinator Public Program at the Rijksacademie and Curator of Public Program at the the young design museum in Den Bosch. Previously he worked as Curator of Public Program at ILHIA LGBTI Heritage, Europe’s Largest LGBTQI+ archive based in Amsterdam.