The Following Is a True Story
In March 2017 Mader was chosen by an international jury as the winner of the eleventh Foam Paul Huf Award. The winning series Ekaterina is part of an exhibition consisting of several projects that jointly form a narrative about a naive young man in search of happiness.
His work stands out for the humour and irony with which he addresses serious topics such as loneliness, love, exploitation and the female body. Beneath the seeming superficiality of his images, his work contains many layers that can be interpreted in various ways.
Mader plays a subtle game with what we believe to be true ? a game with which he confronts us with our own assumptions and prejudices. In this day and age, of ?fake news? and idealised user profiles on social media, Mader?s work demonstrates that the familiar question about the truthfulness of photography is still a relevant one.
curators : Peter Pfrunder and Shi Hantao
"Follow me" is an invitation by 5 Swiss and 5 Chinese artist as storrytellers, guiding the audience through the universe of images, but leave it up to the viewer to speculate about the so-called "truth".
Talk with Romain Mader
Discussion of an artistic fiction
Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate Modern, London;
Olga Bubich, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Journalism, Belarusian State University, Minsk, initiator of the ?Petition to reconsider the results of The Foam Paul Huf Award 2017?
Romain Mader, artist and winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award 2017, NL
Nadine Wietlisbach, Director/Curator Photoforum Pasquart, Biel/Bienne, CH
Chaired by Doris Gassert, Research Curator Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH