Tim Hetherington - Infidel
19 July - 7 September 2013
Infidel is the first exhibition of Tim Hetherington
(1970-2011) in the Netherlands. Foam presents a mixture of his
photographs and videos, drawn from his series Sleeping Soldiers,
Infidel and Diary. In his work Hetherington focused on the
experience of war from the perspective of the individual. Through
his photographs, writing and films, Hetherington provides us with
new ways to look at and think about human suffering as a result of
war, both from the perspective of ordinary soldiers as well as the
civilians caught up in the conflict.
Infidel consists of large-scale images of the Korengal
Valley in Afghanistan, taken to set the scene, as well as intimate
portraits of the American troops stationed there. The photographs
were taken over a period of one year in 2007-2008, during which
Hetherington managed to get incredibly close to the soldiers.
Describing the photographs in Infidel, Hetherington said:
"It's all about the men. I didn't want to pretend this was [...]
about the war in Afghanistan. It was a conscious decision. [It]
comments on the experience of the soldier. It's brotherhood. The
flow of pictures is to introduce you to the Korengal Valley first
and then to see the men in an intimate way…To get to know them and
how they lived. Then you see them in combat in the traditional
combat style. Finally, you see them as young men, sleeping."
Alongside the prints of Infidel, Foam will show
Hetherington's film Sleeping Soldiers (2009). In this film
we are confronted with intimate and tender portraits of soldiers
asleep whilst stationed in a combat zone. It sheds light onto
another and previously unseen part of modern warfare. The film
drives home how incredibly vulnerable and young these soldiers are.
It proves exactly how close the photographer managed to get to the
soldiers of 173rd Airborne division. The exhibition also explores
Hetherington's private thoughts and feelings about his work in
Diary, a short film that collages original footage taken
by Hetherington throughout his career. The photographer described
Diary, which he directed in 2010, as "a highly personal
and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of
my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten
years of reporting. It's a kaleidoscope of images that link our
western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the
The exhibition Infidel by Tim Hetherington can be seen 19
July - 7 September 2013 in Foam. Open daily 10am - 6pm, Thurs/Fri
10am - 9pm. Tickets: € 8,75.
The exhibition has been produced in close cooperation with Yossi
Milo Gallery in New York, and has been made possible with the
support of the Sem Presser Archive Foundation.