Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Trouw & Foam

Early this month I went to a lecture at Trouw on when photography is art and when it's fashion. These first few photos are of buildings along the way. I quite like this rather peculiar lion.
And I've always loved this staircase below. Incredible.
It was the first time I'd been to Trouw and the space was nice, the food OK. The way the lecture was run was a little hokey I have to say. The first speaker spoke shocking English and set a pretty bad tone. It picked up a bit but then we had a local rapper (and I use that term loosely) at intermission. The speakers were interesting and feathers were sent flying at one point, which was good. Love a good debate and to see people passionate about what they're talking about. But generally they were left talking a wee bit too long a little aimlessly, and mostly about themselves and not on the topic of discussion. I couldn't find any info on Foam's website to tell you more about it, I'm afraid.
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin weren't at the lecture but it was their exhibition at Foam currently (ending tomorrow) 'Pretty Much Everything' that sparked the debate about when is photography art, and when is it fashion photography. The exhibition shows their work from 1985 – 2010. Above: Anastasia, 1994© Lamsweerde & Matadin. The interview shown at the lecture is below. But I have to say, it was ncie to get out, meet the girls and go to a lecture, very few in English, so I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for the next one.

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