Foam has been collecting photography actively since 2007, and the collection now comprises of around 550 works. Films and photography-related installations are also well represented. The collection is an active and dynamic part of Foam and a reflection of its exhibition programme, in which the emphasis is placed on the support, signalling and presentation of young talents. Foam follows the careers of these young talents, which may also result in further acquisitions. This policy ensures that Foam’s collection provides an accurate image of the most recent developments within the expansive field of photography. The works that have been selected for this collection exhibition clearly do justice to this policy.
In an early stage of their career, Foam has acquired photographs by now internationally acclaimed artists such as JH Engström, Stephen Gill, Pieter Hugo, Alex Prager and Taryn Simon plus of important Dutch photographers such as Blommers & Schumm and Viviane Sassen. Considered second and third purchases provide depth and weight to the collection. Therefore it is an outspoken contemporary collection that pays tribute to the work of young and promising photographers and that clearly focuses on the future, and not, like many other collections, on the past.
Furthermore the exhibition will feature work by young photographers and artists as well as those whose names have now become well-known, such as Juno Calypso, Raphaël Dallaporta, Lara D’Hondt, Mayumi Hosokura, Ina Jang, Joris Jansen, Katja Mater, Sarah Palmer, Peter Puklus, Lieko Shiga, Lorenzo Vitturi and Anne de Vries.