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December 5, 2009

Photography - In Reverse at Foam

© Katja Mater

   Human Color Wheel, No 24 © KATJA MATER

   Courtesy of the artist and Foam


Foam – Photography Museum, Amsterdam – presents an exhibition of works by a new generation of photographers who work with the medium of photography in a refreshingly uninhibited, unconventional and sometimes slightly anarchist way. Five young Dutch photographers: Constant Dullaart, Katja Mater, Jaap Scheeren, Corriette Schoenaerts and Anne de Vries use photography more as a medium, rather than a self-evident end product. In the exhibition Photography – in reverse they present mostly new work in which they combine different disciplines: photography and internet, projections, film and installations.

A major motivation for organizing this group exhibition is the fundamental changes the medium of photography has gone through in recent years. Digitalization, and with it the ever-expanding options have had consequences for the photographer’s professional practice. These developments have not only caused questions to arise regarding authenticity, originality and authorship – the photographic image itself has acquired another status. The five photographers in this exhibition are part of a generation of photographers and artists who make use of and provide commentary on the developments referred to above.

In this exhibition a range of conceptual common grounds can be found: images are often constructed to create a world entirely of their own, often with a slightly surrealist or absurdist accent; the interplay between fiction and non-fiction is experimented with and the limits of photographic language are explored. The influence of mass media and new media is also clearly present in the work.

Constructions within the space, projections, moving images and installations make up a significant part of the exhibition, in addition to more conventional methods of exhibition.


About the photographers (links to other posts)

Constant Dullaart

Katja Mater

Jaap Scheeren

Corriette Schoenaerts

Anne de Vries


The exhibition PHOTOGRAPHY – IN REVERSE can be seen since 27 November 2009 to 21 February 2010 at FOAM PHOTOGRAPHY MUSEUM – FOTOGRAFIEMUSEUM Amsterdam. Open daily 10.00-18.00, Thurs/Fri 10.00-21.00. Tickets: € 7,50

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