Date: Friday 11 April 2014
Location: Foam, Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam
Time: 8 pm – 9pm. (Prior to the lecture there is the opportunity to dine at the Foam Cafe from 6 pm.)
Tickets and reservations: € 19,50 (lecture, entrance and dinner with drink), € 9,50 (lecture and entrance). Supporters of Foam (Fan, Club, Fund) pay € 5,00 (lecture and entrance)
Foam and Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen
On April 11th, Foam and Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen present a lecture with Michael Wolf. At April 12 the exhibitionMichael Wolf: My Favourite Thing opens at Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen. On this occasion Foam and Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen invited Michael Wolf to give a presentation on his work in Foam. Photographer Michael Wolf will discuss his transition from photojournalism to project-based work, the genesis of his acclaimed mega cities series, and his ongoing love affair with Hong Kong, the city that has been his home for 20 years. After the lecture Michael Wolf will sign his latest book.
Especially for this evening, chef Miguel Brugman of the Foam Cafe offers a special dinner with market-fresh organic products, prior to the program. Vegetarian options are also available. A main course with a drink costs € 19,50. After completion of the program the Foam Cafe will stay open.
Wolf began his studies with Otto Steinert at the Folkwang School in Essen, Germany, in the 1970s, going on to become a leading photojournalist in Europe, and later a contract photographer in China for Stern magazine.
His work has been exhibited worldwide and is held in many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.
He won first prize in the World Press Photo Awards in 2005 and 2010, receiving an honorable mention in 2011. In 2010, Wolf was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize. He has published 20 photo books.
Paris Street View deals with the cultural identity of Paris. With the aid of Google Street View technology, Wolf investigates the concept of representation and symbolism. By using pixelated images from the internet, he breaks through Paris’ nearly universally recognisable photographic iconography and suggests a new way of reading the city.
In Hong Kong Trilogy Wolf pays tribute to solutions that emerged from lack of space and pragmatism. Wire ends, coloured pieces of plasticized binding wire, bundled and stored to be used again, tied to clotheslines or tucked behind drainpipes. Broken maltreated chairs who found a new use as street furniture.
In Hong Kong Flora Wolf focuses his camera on natural and artificial growth. Air conditioners that are pasted as ivy against outside walls, side by side with potted plants and planter boxes. Subtle feats of bourgeois quirkiness and a hesitant attempt of recalcitrant crops to survive in the concrete jungle. He draws attention to objects in the visually rich, densely populated public space, that we easily tend to overlook.
Michael Wolf will also talk about his series Architecture of Density, Transparent City and Tokyo Compression.
For more info click here: http://www.foam.org/visit-foam/calendar/2014/lecture-michael-wolf.