To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the museum, Foam is organising a broad range of activities under the title Collaborate! and is present in Arles during the opening week of the international photography festival Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles 2017 in France (3-9 July). In collaboration with Regards & Mémoires, Foam transforms the monumental building La Bourse du Travail, in central Arles, into a discussion- and meeting place with expositions and presentations. One of the main features of the Foam X Arles programme is an exhibition, organised specifically for the occasion with Cristina de Middel (SP) and Kalev Erickson (UK).
Jungle Check is the story of two still-image adventurers on a quest to retrace and reinterpret the remains of a past dissolved in the emulsion of the Polaroid photo, a direct positive printing process now in danger of extinction. While browsing the flea market in Mexico’s La Lagunilla on a Sunday, Cristina de Middel came across a collection of Polaroid photos on sale that appeared to have been taken by the same person in the jungle near Tulum. These anonymous images all shared an orangey-pink tint caused by the passage of time, together with some random golden marks on the emulsion. It was in August 2015 that Cristina de Middel and Kalev Erickson visited this jungle, where they shattered the limits of the re-photographic protocol. Important elements of the exhibition are monumental lenticular prints. Invented in the nineteenth century, lenticular technology aims to recreate depth, a fantasy that Jungle Check hijacks by overlapping and uniting an image of yesterday with another of today, thereby creating the past in the present and a memory of the forgotten.
Student Exchange: Foam X KABK X ECAL
Furthermore, while in Arles Foam takes on a role promoting international cooperation and exchange between students by initiating a collaboration between photography students of the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague and the University of Art and Design (ECAL) in Lausanne. The collaboration will be incorporated in the educational programs of both academies. The program consists of two separate yet complementing parts: in the months running up to the opening week of Les Rencontres d’Arles the students have been exchanging material and ideas to create works, preparing for an exhibition at La Bourse du Travail. Also, when in Arles they will make a daily report to be shared with the public. The exhibition space in La Bourse will function as a large studio in which the international students will work on these reports.
This, and more will be presented and hosted by Foam, in Arles, from 3 to 9 July 2017.