For the third edition of Talent Talks on Wednesday, September 18, rapper Adam Bais (Benjamin Fro) will engage in conversation with IDFA documentary filmmaker Tessa Louise Pope and photographer Eline Benjaminsen, part of the exhibition 'The Image Is Our Voice' in Melkweg Expo. During this special edition – in collaboration with Unseen Foundation – we discuss the relationship between art and social commentary. Talent Talks is a collaboration between Melkweg Amsterdam and IDFA in which we explore the works of young, emerging artists working in film and photography today. Through video clips and images, we get an insight into their creative process, motives, and inspiration. Tickets for this event are sold out.
Art makes impact and making impact is an art. Art speaks the language of emotion, touches the hearts of people, and ignites different behavior. Thus a great documentary, an impressive photo, or an art installation can change the world. But how do you achieve this? As an artist, do you think about how you could make as much social impact as possible? How do you find balance between artistic freedom and influencing the awareness of the viewer?
Being the daughter of a psychologist and a filmmaker, Tessa Louise Pope (NL, 1988) found the ultimate combination in the profession of a documentary filmmaker. She studied Documentary Directing at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Her graduation project The Origin of Trouble won multiple international Awards. Tessa Louise attended IDFAcademy with her film My Happy Complicated Family which later premiered at IDFA, as well as with her interactive project Echos of IS. Her analytical, psychological way of thinking helps her to portray her often-colorful characters. With her human approach she’s able to capture honest, authentic, stories that visualize the true inner beauty of her characters. Adding a touch of humor and being able to ask the right questions, Tessa’s work is best described as sharing small stories in a big way. Besides developing new documentary film projects and series, Tessa is also working on branded content and commercials.
The work of Eline Benjaminsen (NO, 1992) studies the lacking visuality of socioeconomic processes and how this effects our ability to engage with them. She deals with the challenge of perceiving market processes through photographic follow-the-money narratives that combine prints, video, and text in mixed media installations. In 2017 she graduated from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (Department of Photography) with the project 'Where the money is made - Surfaces of algorithmic capital' about the infrastructure of algorithmic stock trading. The project was awarded the Steenbergen Stipendium (2017) and was nominated for the Zilveren Camera category Prijs voor Storytelling (2018) alongside multiple other nominations. She collaborates with a variety of platforms, from museums and galleries to the financial press. The latest exhibits of her work include Stroom (NL), FOTODOK (NL), Lianzhou Foto Festival (CN), Heden (NL), and Krakow Photomonth (PL).
Adam Bais aka Benjamin Fro (Amsterdam, 1994) will moderate the evening. Benjamin Fro is an Amsterdam philo-rapper:he makes danceable beats with engaged texts. He gained lots of stage experience with his first band: PLeaSe! On the 24th of February 2017 Benjamin Fro released his first solo album: Praten Over Leven. The album is jam-packed with hip-hop grooves and references to other rappers and philosophers and singifies Fro’s introduction to philosophy and the influence this had on his personal life. A busy year followed with many shows, a small hit in Poland, a viral poem during the Dutch elections, a score for the documentary ‘I Love My Muslim’ and more than 400k streams on Spotify.
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Accessibility: the Melkweg Expo is accessible for wheelchair users through the main entrance. There is also a wheelchair accessible toilet. Read more about IDFA and accessibility here.