The Dutch museum Foam Fotografiemuseum has long been on our Amsterdam travel itineraries as a super hip gallery championing photography from the likes of Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon to the up-and-coming. So we love that Foam has travelled to London, Vauxhall to be precise, to present its latest exhibition, Foam Talent, a pick of 21 vanguard image-makers all aged under 35. Showing at the Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall – an area quickly becoming the artistic nucleus of London with the opening of Damien Hirst’s new gallery across the road – the large exhibition spills across an airy upstairs gallery and a grittier warehouse space below.
The range of photographs on show was astonishing and intriguing. We particularly liked London-based photographer Dominic Hawgood’s photographs addressing the themes of exorcism in African Churches in Britain, as well as Manon Wertenbroek’s series called Tandem that depicts the photographer’s brother in bright and zany parallel words that feel both highly constructed but also naturally picturesque. And the obsessive in us was particularly taken with the works of Canadian Sara Cwynar; Cwynar creates compositions from found objects, pictures and postcards – from jelly moulds to alphabet stickers –and then meticulously arranges them into new contexts to photograph.
Foam have whetted our appetites, we can’t wait to see what this graduating class of bright young photographers get up to next.
Form more information on the exhibition, visit the Foam website.