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Foam Paul Huf Award 2015

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Momo Okabe (born 1981 in Japan) is the recipient of this year's FOAM Paul Huf Award. Her projects Dildo and Bible stood out against the submissions of 99 fellow competitors from 26 countries. The projects focus on Okabe's relationship with two of her transgender lovers during their gender transition.

"We were impressed by the emotional power of her projects, and the extremely personal nature of her work," the jury explains in a statement. "Momo combines tenderness with a raw intimacy, which is revealed through her use of color, variety of subjects, and sensitive handling of an important and complex social issue like transsexualism. She operates in the lineage of Japanese photography that is highly regarded but has created an aesthetic that is uniquely her own."

Established in 2007, the Paul Huf Award is given out annually to a photographic talent under the age of 35. The winner receives a monetary prize of 20,000 euros, as well as an exhibition of their winning work at Amsterdam's FOAM Gallery. Okabe's projects will be showing at the gallery from 28 August to 25 October 2015.

For further information visit FOAM

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