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John Edmonds - Kiss, 2019

Digital pigment print on premium Canson platine paper
Paper 11 x 11 inch, image10 x 10 inch / 25 x 25 cm
Edition of 10 + 2AP
Signed and numbered on reverso

ABOUT THE WORK
This image of a young man holding and kissing a maternity bust from the Lega, is part of John Edmonds’ A Sidelong Glance': an ongoing body of work in which he examines and reconsiders the role of African art in art history and visual culture at large. Through his meticulously crafted studio photography of Black models and objects representing Africa, he carefully contemplates what it means to be Black, human and the subject of art and imaging.

In his photographs, Edmonds juxtaposes the African art object with the human bodies alike those that originally inspired their creation. The sitters in Edmonds' photographs are often  individuals from his own creative community. Each subject performs an intuitive relationship with the artefacts that is based on desire, connection and care, regardless of distinguishing factors such as gender or origin. Photographs such as Kiss raise the question what African artefacts symbolize to the artist and his models alike, most of whom aren’t born on the African continent. Through his photographs, Edmonds forges a spiritual connection to the roots of the Black diaspora, disrupted by a past of transatlantic slavery.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
John Edmonds (1989, U.S.) is the winner of the fifteenth Foam Paul Huf Award, which is awarded annually by an international jury to talented photographers under the age of 35. Edmonds first came to public recognition with his intimate portraits of lovers, close friends and strangers. He earned his MFA in Photography from Yale University and his BFA at the Corcoran School of Arts & Design. His work explores themes of identity, community, desire and belonging.  His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Museum of Modern Art, SFMoMA, The Rubell Collection, The National Gallery of Art, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Getty Museum, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Yale University Art Gallery. In 2019, he was included in 79th Whitney Biennial. Edmonds has taught at Yale University and the School of Visual Arts. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is Visiting Lecturer on Art, Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University.

The solo exhibition A Sidelong Glance is on display in the museum until the 19th of June 2022.

ABOUT BUYING THIS WORK
The print will be carefully wrapped and send as an insured package. You will receive an e-mail with a Track & Trace code when the package is on its way. A framed copy will be on display at Foam Editions, the gallery on the third floor of Foam Fotografiemuseum.

For more information or questions about buying this work, please contact the Foam Editions team.

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€500,00 Incl. tax
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