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Foam 3h: Senta Simond - Rayon Vert
Laurence, 2016 © Senta Simond / courtesy Webber Gallery, London

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Foam 3h: Senta Simond - Rayon Vert

Exhibition: 7 Sep – 28 Oct 2018

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam

+31 (0)20-5516500


www.foam.org

Sat-Wed 10-18 . Thu, Fri 10-21

Foam 3h: Senta Simond - Rayon Vert
Marie 1, 2017 © Senta Simond / courtesy Webber Gallery, London

Senta Simond's work focuses on an intimate approach to the female body and portraiture. Her photographs feature a circle of acquaintances and respond to existing, and too often clichéd, representation of femininity. Simond doesn’t take her photographs on a built set but against a white background, often a white wall in the domestic surroundings of the model herself. The equipment is simple. The level of trust between the model and the photographer is high. This minimal method allows Simond to get close to her subjects. Model and photographer move around each other which results into unexpected and dynamic perspectives. Simond tries to capture the intimate moments, undirected. The portrayed women are strong and soft at the same time. Foam will show black-and-white as well as colour works including a tryptic of Simond’s portraits in an intimate exhibition at Foam 3h, Foam’s space for young photographers.

Foam 3h: Senta Simond - Rayon Vert
Marie 2, 2017 © Senta Simond / courtesy Webber Gallery, London

Rayon Vert takes its title from a rare optical phenomenon of green flashes and rays that occur shortly after sunset or before sunrise. A green spot is visible for a short period of time above the sun, or a green ray shoots up from the sunset point. When this phenomenon occurs is never predictable. To Simond this rare moment is a metaphor for photography and the magic that can happen between a photographer and her model. Rayon Vert is also the title of a film by the French director Eric Rohmer from 1986 that had an important influence on Simond’s working method and the image language.

After studying aesthetic and theory of cinema at the University of Lausanne, SENTA SIMOND completed an M.A. in Photography at ECAL, University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her work has been nominated for Aperture/Paris Photo First Book, Wallpaper Graduate Directory and BJP Ones to Watch 2018. She is the winner of Swiss Design Awards 2018. Born in Geneva, she currently lives and works in Bienne, Switzerland.

ARTIST TALK
On 14 September Foam organizes Beyond the Male Gaze. During this evening, photographers Senta Simond and Paul Mpagi Sepuya talk about their work.

Foam 3h: Senta Simond - Rayon Vert
Marie, 2017 © Senta Simond / courtesy Webber Gallery, London
Foam 3h: Senta Simond - Rayon Vert
Marie, 2018 © Senta Simond / courtesy Webber Gallery, London
Foam 3h: Senta Simond - Rayon Vert
Julie, 2017 © Senta Simond / courtesy Webber Gallery, London