New Positions in American Photography
Lucas Blalock » Joshua Citarella » Jessica Eaton » Daniel Gordon » Owen Kydd » Matt Lipps » Matthew Porter » Kate Steciw » Sara VanDerBeek »
Exhibition: 17 Sep – 10 Dec 2014
1017 DS Amsterdam
Sat-Wed 10-18 . Thu, Fri 10-21
Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
1017 DS Amsterdam
Mon-Wed 10-18; Thu-Fri 10-21; Sat-Sun 10-18
Foam presents 'Under Construction - New Positions in
American Photography', a group exhibition featuring the work of
nine young American and Canadian artists: Sara VanDerBeek, Lucas
Blalock, Joshua Citarella, Jessica Eaton, Daniel Gordon, Owen Kydd,
Matt Lipps, Matthew Porter and Kate Steciw. Even though the results
of the artists' individual artistic practices are very diverse, the
mentality, methodology and presentation of their work show a number
of remarkable similarities.
A key characteristic is the investigative attitude they adopt to the photographic image and its representation. All of the participating artists are explicitly engaged in a fundamental reassessment of the value and significance of photography in the early 21st century. The far-reaching digitisation of society exerts an unparalleled influence on almost every aspect of the medium. This ranges from completely new photographic techniques (digitisation of the equipment) and the use of the photographic image (distribution via digital networks) to the value and significance of photography itself (in view of the never-ending stream of many millions of photographic images that are being taken, distributed and manipulated every day).
This fundamental reassessment is particularly appropriate and
important in a society in which so much culturally relevant
information is communicated via images and where an unprecedented
and extremely complex dynamic has developed between images. In this
new world, how can photography or a photograph be defined? What is
the value and significance of photography in this age? How are
photographic images created? How does photography relate to
reality? What is the function of images in a society in which
digitisation has so fundamentally altered the way we communicate
(socially, politically and commercially)? What is the position of
photography in the complex dynamic of contemporary networks? What
is the relationship of the medium and its users to tradition and
the past? What is the role of the creator?
These kinds of questions are of the utmost relevance for this new generation image makers. This is a reinvention of photography within a totally different societal context, taking account of more than 150 years of photographic history. It is no less than a photographic renaissance.