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Gerrit Rietveld Academie – Photography Graduates 2020

17 September – 1 November 2020

Exhibition at Foam, Amsterdam


In honour of the graduation this year Foam presents the newest works from the students of the photography department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. The young artists exhibit their work, which they created during the Corona lock-down.

As Covid-19 made its way around the globe in March 2020, the graduation students of the Photography Department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie were forced to redefine their intended projects to complete their studies. As the world turned inward, life outside was put on hold. In the silent confusion that ensued, each of the young artists was forced to find a new order from within. Whether it was conceptually or practically, all artistic ideas and processes were reshaped in the light of the global pandemic. The forced introspection -and subsequent adaption of the graduation concepts- produced results far different from what otherwise would have been realized.

Nonetheless, all works have in common a profound relevance within the context of our new shared reality. Foam and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie have regularly collaborated in the past. In continuation of this long-standing tradition, the exhibition was conceived during the lockdown of 2020. As recent times have had a life-changing impact on us all, it is of great reassurance that both institutions and emerging artists maintain to work together and remain curious about their continuously changing perspectives.

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