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Parks' Café | An ode to the ‘Renaissance Man' Gordon Parks

  • Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam 609 Keizersgracht Amsterdam, NH, 1017 DS Netherlands (map)

NOTE PRESALES CLOSED | Parks’ cafe is coming up with performances, tours and jazz music celebrating Gordon Parks' multifaceted persona. Due to the popularity of this event, there is now limited availability. If you haven't reserved a ticket, sign up at the front desk one hour prior to the event. We have a limited amount of tickets available, so make sure to be on time.

On Friday the 1st of September the exhibition Gordon Parks - I Am You will be animated with performances celebrating Gordon Parks’ multifaceted persona. Though he is best known for his documentary photography of humanitarian issues, Gordon Parks was also a celebrated filmmaker, composer and author. His creativity emerged in many disciplines and brought him in contact with some of the most prominent figures of his era. Parks' Café is an ode to this Renaissance Man and his enduring contribution to photography and beyond.

In the last decades we presented work by African-American writers and icons like Ralph Ellison (Diggydotcom 2001), The Last Poets (The Last Poets 2010), Susan Lori Parks (Topdog Underdog 2011) and Nina Simone (Nina Simone (A) live 2012/2015). With this in mind the Amsterdam based photography museum FOAM invited us to partner up for 'Parks' Café'
the closing event of the Gordon Parks 'I Am You' exhibition.

The expressive actress Yahmani Blackman works as poet, theater maker, presenter and performer inside and outside the creative context. As a striking new voice in Amsterdam's performing arts scene, she found her vocation at the theaterschool Zuid-Oost, collaborating with the Poetry Circle, Lost Project, Read My World, Afrovibes and SLAA.

Performer and theater maker Linar Ogenia mixes intuitive and physical-style salsa with breakdance and martial arts. In 2007 he graduated from the Mime school of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Amsterdam and won the Hollandse Nieuwe Theatermakers prize with theatre group Orange Guinea Pigs.

Nina Lawina / Monique van Hinte is performer, maker and visual artist. Nina graduated from the Mime school of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Amsterdam and from the Master of Theatre Practice at ArtEZ Arnhem. She won the mime incentive prize of the AFK in 1991 and as part of the MudClub in 1995. She teaches regularly at ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem and Zwolle.

LOVESUPREME started out as a hip-hop DJ known for his bold style and sets. Over the years he also brought funk, jazz, reggae and various African influences to his repertoire. As a music connoisseur, LOVESUPREME is also actively involved in theoretical and historical discussions of the genre.

The exhibition Gordon Parks - I Am You. Selected Works 1942-1978 is made possible with support from the American Embassy and the Democracy and Media Foundation. With special thanks to The Gordon Parks Foundation.


Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, the City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.



Earlier Event: June 24