Shining in Absence

03 - 12 Apr 2015

© Collectie Frido Troost / AMC Books, samengesteld door erik kessels 4
A homage to Frido Troost
3 - 12 April 2015

Foam presents a short exhibition on the occassion of the publication of the photobook Shining in Absence. It is a special honour to the photography historian Frido Troost (1960 - 2013), who has recently passed away. Both the book and the exhibition are edited and designed by advertising specialist and curator Erik Kessels. The book is published by AMC Books (London) and will be presented on Thursday April 2, 2015 during the opening of the exhibition.

Troost and Kessels found each other through their shared interest in 'vernacular photography'; the untold stories behind everyday amateur photography. Not only was Troost a photography historian, he was also a teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and co-owner of ICM (Instituut voor Concrete Materie), which specialized in collecting and selling antique photography.

It would be impossible to capture the diversity of Troost's knowledge and interests in just one book. That's why Kessels decided to focus on something else, namely on that which is no longer there. Because of the absence of the obvious, Shining in Absence forces you to search for meaning. This surprising selection of the apparently empty pages of Troost's collection, provides us with endless possibilities for interpretation.

The photobook Shining in Absence is edited and designed by Erik Kessels from the collection of Frido Troost, Institute for Concrete Matter, with thanks to the Archive of Modern Conflict.

Tags: Erik Kessels, Gerrit Rietveld