Structures of Identity [Amsterdam]
Photography from The Walther Collection

Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam
6/29/2018 — 8/29/2018

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Structures of Identity examines how photographers across a range of cultures and historical periods have used their images to affirm or challenge social stereotypes, particularly those constructed around notions of race, gender, class, and nationality. This exhibition includes series and sequences made by artists from Europe, the United States, Latin America, and Africa, as well as documentary and vernacular photography. These efforts reflect a precise and widespread practice of using portraiture within a larger classificatory grid, whose images document the ways that visual forms and archival structures inform social attitudes.

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Unidentified Photographer, Circus Performers, ca. 1865–70

Emphasizing the work of artists, professional photographers, amateurs and sitters who use the medium to subvert visual expectations and challenge markers of identification, Structures of Identity questions the notion of a stable, authentic self. In particular, it focuses on how photographers have used serial imagery—related sequences of photographs, rather than individual images—to explore the political and cultural factors that shape individual and collective subjectivities.

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Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko, Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder, 2003

Highlighting the different ways that social identities are regarded within the broader history of the photographic medium, Structures of Identity illustrates the continued efforts of The Walther Collection to discuss and consider the history of photography beyond conventional cultural, geographic, and temporal boundaries.

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Installation views, "Structures of Identity," Amsterdam, 2018
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Location and opening hours

Foam Fotografiemuseum
Keizersgracht 609
Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 20 5516500

Monday to Wednesday, 10am-6pm
Thursday and Friday, 10am-9pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm

Artworks on display

    Artists on display

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