FOAM: Gordon Parks 'I AM YOU' and Selected Works


On a beautiful lazy Sunday afternoon, with Amber headed back to the States, I walked to Foam Museum to check out an exhibit she had her heart set on seeing. I took my camera so she could vicariously experience Gordon Parks, and the FOAM 20 Talent Artists. The exhibit has ended in Amsterdam, but not to worry! I documented the show so you can virtually view it too.

The Foam 20 talented artists were very unique and used different media forms to express themselves. My favorites ranged from Clement Lambelet, who used computers to depict his pieces in a surveillance form to Namsa Leuba’s vivid use of color that put a smile on my face. I could see the combination of her roots come through her artwork. Alix Marie’s work intrigued. I love how she depicted the body but zoomed into specific areas to create a different perceptive.

Then there was Sushant Chhabria’s work, which connected to my dark side that has a thing for cemeteries. In the U.S. you’ll see obituaries in the newspaper. While traveling through some parts of Europe, I’ve seen announcements of recently deceased family members on doors or designated areas. Chhabria’s recycling of these images is like giving these beings a second life.

Curiously, Harriet Srikhao’s work aroused negative emotions in me. At first sight, it evoked thoughts of the KKK and the enslavement and humiliation of African-Americans. However, when I finally read the description, I learned that this was a Thai artist, drawing an analogy between reincarnation, avatars and the recent coronation of the new Thai king as a corpse that has been reanimated by the elites. It’s interesting how we often view art through the lens of the environment were brought up in.

Creepy but eerily intriguing, Weronika Gesicka’s, artwork questions the way in which historic images shape our collective memory. She suspends photographs between truth and fiction, reformulating its role as a trace of the past.


Reframing the legacy of white, male pioneer of photography from a feminist and postcolonial perspective, Alinka Echeverria, scrutinizes the visual methods and techniques through which male and colonial gazes have been carried forward.

Last but most certainly not least, Gordon Parks, I AM YOU; Selected Works 1942-1978. The Collection was very moving. It brought tears, smiles, giggles, outrage. The history of our nation, a story of our people. The abuse and neglect that has been documented and repeated through time.

Have we learned nothing.

“I am You. What I want. What I am, what you force me to be is what you are.

For I am you, staring back from a mirror of poverty and despair, of revolt and freedom.

Look at me and know that to destroy me is to destroy yourself.”

- Gordon Parks

I hope you enjoyed this Foam tour!

XXX

​- steph

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