Foam

Not a day goes by without one of our clients or colleagues commenting on photographs in our meeting rooms. They may reflect on the style of a photograph or ask why it is there. Discussion. That is what we wanted to achieve by displaying our collection of photographs in our Amsterdam office and on our homepage.

Photography museum Foam and De Brauw have started collaborating in 2010.

Geert Potjewijd, De Brauw’s managing partner says: “We would like to contribute to the cultural environment of Amsterdam and support young Dutch talented photographers. There is a natural match between Foam and De Brauw. Both organisations, with international ambitions, have quality as a basis.”

This month’s photo on our website: Eternal Internet Brother Sisterhood Installation by Angelo Plessas, 2015 © Giorgos Sfakianakis / Courtesy of The Breeder

Eternal Internet Brotherhood / Sisterhood is a collaborative annual residency, gathering, and project by artists, writers, curators and philosophers held at various places around the world, including Amalfi in 2012, Xilitla in 2013, the Dead Sea in 2014 and Athens in 2015. Greek-Italian Angelo Plessas is founder and curator.

This collective is part of Collectivism, an exhibition at Foam about how artist collectives come together to attach value and meaning to images.

In recent years, all around the globe, collectives have been formed that are not tied to specific institutes or to ways of organising activities that are imposed from above. There is a growing tendency among photographers and artists as well to join forces and organise themselves. Many such collectives are based on do-it-yourself principles of ‘cut out the middle man’. Although their points of departure, artistic strategies, processes and visual end products are extremely diverse, they have in common an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary collaboration and an open view of the world.

The exhibition runs until 18 June 2017.

“I see something special and show it to the camera. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.”

Sam Abell