Developing talent: Foam casts spotlight on promising photographers in London
For fifteen years, Dutch museum Foam has championed photography’s movers and shakers in its Amsterdam gallery space, as well through the Paul Huf Award and the pages of its eponymous magazine.
One annual highlight is its Foam Talent showcase, which puts new and emerging talent in the frame. Opening today in London, Foam’s new exhibition at Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhaull brings together the work of 21 photographic young guns under the age of 35.
Encompassing more than 100 photographs, the group exhibition is a predictably mixed bag with projects as eclectic as the photographers themselves. Hungarian photographer Marton Perlaki opens the show with his series, ‘Bird Bald Book Bubble Bucket Brick Potato’. Still a work in progress, the project comprises still lifes and portraits centred on one character, Elemer, whose ‘peculiar appearance’ Perlaki was drawn to on Facebook.
Elsewhere, Finnish artist Heikki Kaski caught our eye with his wistfully sparse images of small Californian town Tranquility, and British photographer Dominic Hagwood intrigued with his images examining the practice of healings and exorcisms in African churches in London. Americans Cynthia Talmadge and Matthew Leifheit, meanwhile, teamed up on a surreal sequence of photographs that repeats a scene of a lamp, a bloodied telephone and a wedding picture of Roman Polanski and his wife.
Another standout was Abel Minnée, whose forays into commercial product photography has shaped his work, Line Study (I) & (II). Foam Talent religiously offers a taste of the finest contemporary photography to come – and judging by this year’s showing we’re sure to want second and third helpings.