In 2011, Foam - the Amsterdam photography museum - celebrates its tenth anniversary. For this reason Foam has initiated a project titled What’s Next? about the future of a medium and of a society in transition. Foam is asking artists, critics, writers, academics, researchers, curators and media specialists to formulate their own inspirational visions of the future of photography, based on their specific knowledge. To achieve meaningful results it is essential for Foam to be in close contact with our public, with artists and with representatives of the international photography community. But Foam also sees it as its task to initiate, coordinate and value a debate that transcends traditional boundaries. This debate will continue 24/7 throughout the year on www.foam.org/whatsnext.
During 2011 Foam will address the question What’s Next? through a range of activities varying from debates, exhibitions and publications, starting with an expert meeting at Foam Amsterdam on Saturday, 19 March 2011.
In July Foam will be in Arles for a presentation of What's Next?. Along with Regards et Mémoires, which is organising activities for the eighth year in a row during Recontres d’Arles, it will present exhibitions and discussions on the future of photography. In addition Foam has asked students from the National School of Photography in Arles and the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam to set up a studio in the Bourse de Travail. Here they will present works on the theme of What's Next?. Foam and Regards et Mémoires will also be showing a selection of "Foam Talents 2011" in the La Roquette neighbourhood.
The debate will close with a major exhibition at Foam in autumn 2011.
ARLES PROGRAMME 2011
4–20 July at the Bourse du Travail, 10 am – 7 pm (11-20 July, 2pm – 7 pm): Foam will present What's Next? and organise exhibitions and discussions on the future of photography.
From 4 July – 3 September Foam will be showing a selection of "Foam Talents 2011" in the streets and shops of La Roquette, in association with Regards et Mémoires.
This project has been made possible with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and OSCHATZ VISUELLE MEDIEN.