In 2016 GRAIN Projects commissioned artist Edgar Martins to respond to Winson Green in Birmingham and the site and community of HM Prison Birmingham. Martins is creating a significant, multifaceted body of work developed from a collaboration with the prisoners and their families, as well as a myriad of other local organisations and individuals. Using the social context of incarceration as a starting point, Martins’ work explores the philosophical concept of absence, and addresses a broader consideration of the status of the photograph where questions of visibility, ethics, aesthetics and documentation intersect.
The works Martins presents in I’m Still Here are directly inspired and informed by his personal project, but were specially produced for this context at the invitation of the Koestler Trust. The artist was asked to engage and respond to the experiences of the five families that have curated the Koestler Trust’s annual offender and detainee art awards exhibition.
A book of this work will be published by The Moth House in March 2019.
The second stage of Edgar Martins’ Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes opens today at Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon. ‘Titled Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes this exhibition involves us in universe of interrogations and reflections about death as well as other moments that allude to the intermittences of life, the interludes and shifts between images that reveal signs and objects, which in the spectrum of death, branch of into a vast arquive of visual, conceptual and documentary relations. This survey which also encompasses images extracted from the artist’s own personal archive was developed in partnership with the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Lisbon and Coimbra (Portugal) over a period of three year’ (João Silvério).
This exhibition will be on show from the September 22 until November 4 2016.
The Moth House is pleased to announce the launch of Edgar Martins’ Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes at MAAT, Lisbon.
‘Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes began to take shape during the course of research carried out at the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (INMLCF), in Lisbon. Over a period of three years, Edgar Martins took more than a thousand photographs and scanned more than three thousand negatives from the INML’s vast and extraordinary collection. A significant number of these images depict forensic evidence, particularly weapons and objects used in crimes and suicides, as well as crime scenes, death masks, projectiles, suicide letters and activities inherent to the work of the pathologist. However, alongside these photographs, Edgar Martins also began to recover images from his own archive and produce new photographs on other subjects, intended as a visual, narrative and conceptual counterpoint. The project sits precisely within this counterpoint between images, imaginations and imagery relating to death and the dead body, as an interstitial realm, an interlude, between art and non-art, between past and present, between reality and fiction’ (Sérgio Mah).
This exhibition will be on show from the June 30 until October 17 2016.
The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, by Edgar Martins will be on show at The Wolverhampton Art Gallery (UK), from February 7th to the 2nd May 2015.
For the first time in the UK tour of this work, Edgar Martins’ exhibition will include a mixed media layout, with photographs and other artworks displayed alongside original ESA technological hardware as well as personal, space-flown possessions of ESA astronauts.
Please join us for a special preview of Edgar Martins’ ‘The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite’ at Melanie Rio Gallery (Paris), on Thursday, 13th October 2014, from 19:00-2o:00. This event is organised in cooperation with the European Space Agency, in the wake of Paris Photo 2014.
Gallery address: 56 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, Paris 11 ème / 0984021278
The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, by Edgar Martins will be on show at Sala da Cidade, Museu Municipal de Coimbra (Portugal), from Wednesday 8th October 2014 – 31st December 2014.
This event is an initiative by The Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Coimbra, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, The European Space Agency and Câmara Municipal de Coimbra,
For the first time in the worldwide tour of this work, Edgar Martins’ exhibition will include a mixed media layout, with photographs and other artworks displayed alongside original ESA technological hardware as well as personal, space-flown possessions of ESA astronauts.
Please join us for the private-view of Edgar Martins’ upcoming photographic exhibition ‘The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite’ at Melanie Rio Gallery (Nantes, France), on Thursday, 12th June 2014, from 19:00-21:00. This will be the inaugural exhibition of this work in France.
Please join us on the 13th February 2013 for the private-view of This is not a House, at The Gallery of Photography, Dublin (Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland).
Supported by The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Uk Branch), the Instituto Camões (Lisbon) and The Arts Council England, Martins’ celebrated and controversial series, will kick off its European tour at the Gallery of Photography in early 2013.
Shot in sixteen different locations, across eight separate states, this work catalyses and reunites fresh experiences of a new form of American architecture by summoning a disquieting conjunction of realism and fiction.
In a study that goes beyond pure formal investigation and documentation Martins creates a poignant commentary on the financial ruin and bankruptcy that struck the lives of many thousands of people.
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