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Structures of Identity
Identity 2011 © Sabelo Mlangeni

Structures of Identity

Photography from The Walther Collection

Richard Avedon » Martina Bacigalupo » Yto Barrada » Samuel Fosso » Sabelo Mlangeni » Zanele Muholi » Grace Ndiritu » J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere » August Sander » Accra Shepp » Guy Tillim » Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko » & others

Exhibition: 29 Jun – 5 Sep 2018

Thu 28 Jun 17:30

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam

+31 (0)20-5516500


Mon-Wed 10-18; Thu-Fri 10-21; Sat-Sun 10-18

Structures of Identity
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Hyannisport, Massachusetts, September 2, 1976
Photograph by Richard Avedon
© The Richard Avedon Foundation

In the exhibition Structures of Identity - Photography from The Walther Collection Foam presents a selection of photographic works from the famous collection of German-American collector Artur Walther (b. 1948).

Structures of Identity shows how photographers from different periods and diverse cultures have used the power of the portrait to confirm or indeed critically investigate stereotypical ideas about gender, race, status and nationality. The exhibition focuses on the relationship between self-image and social identity as captured by means of photography. Iconic works by photographers including August Sander, Richard Avedon and J.D. Ojeikere are combined with the work of contemporary photographers like Yto Barrada, Samuel Fosso, Zanele Muholi and Guy Tillim. There are also remarkable historical photos by unknown photographers.

Structures of Identity
Nonkululeko, 2003 © Nontsikelelo (Lolo) Veleko. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.

The Walther Collection is an art foundation dedicated to the critical understanding of historical and contemporary photography and related media. Through a programme of international exhibitions, in-depth collections, original research, and scholarly publications, The Walther Collection aims to highlight the social uses of photography and to expand the history of the medium.

The exhibition is a collaboration between The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm (Germany) and New York (US), and Foam.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

Structures of Identity
Dikeledi Sibanda, Yeoville Johannesburg 2007 © Zanele Muholi
Structures of Identity
Untitled 1966_1975 © JD Ojeikere Hairstyles 2
Structures of Identity
Iduku 2011 © Sabelo Mlangeni
Structures of Identity
Corpsstudent (Fraternity Student), 1925/2015 © 2015 Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Cologne; PICTORIGHT, Amsterdam, 2018; Courtesy of The Walther Collection
Structures of Identity
Gulu Real Art Studio ©Martina Bacigalupo
Courtesy of the artist, The Walther Collection