What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase, a new book by Edgar Martins

What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase is a new book by Edgar Martins, scheduled to be launched this month.
What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase is a multifaceted body of work developed from a collaboration with Grain Projects and HM Prison Birmingham (the largest, category B prison in the Midlands, UK), its inmates, their families as well as a myriad of other local organisations and individuals.
Using the social context of incarceration as a starting point, Martins explores the philosophical concept of absence, and addresses a broader consideration of the status of the photograph when questions of visibility, ethics, aesthetics and documentation intersect. By giving a voice to inmates and their families and addressing prison as a set of social relations rather than a mere physical space, the work proposes to rethink and counter the sort of imagery normally associated with incarceration.
The project thus wilfully circumvents images whose sole purpose, Martins argues, is to confirms the already held opinions within dominant ideology about crime & punishment: violence, drugs, criminality, race – an approach that only serves to reinforce the act of photographing and photography itself as apotropaic devices.
Composed of three distinct chapters, encompassing film, archive and new photography, and text, Martins’ work shifts between image and information, between fiction and evidence, strategically deploying visual and textual details in tandem so that the viewer becomes aware of what exists outside the confines of the frame. This work marks a significant transition in Martins’ creative trajectory, signalling a growing inclination towards a broader, more hybrid and interdisciplinary perspective of images.

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Book Specs:

Twin publication
170x230mm & 151x221mm
220 & 312 pages
300 copies
Softback & Harback
Essay by Mark Durden
ISBN 978-0-9569085-4-4

Book launch: ‘Destinerrance’, by Edgar Martins

We are pleased to announce that Edgar Martins’ new book ‘Destinerrance: The Place of the Dead is the Place of Photography’, produced in partnership with the CIAJG, Portugal will be launched tomorrow at the José de Guimarães International Art Centre. This academic book, focuses solely on Martins’ artistic process, particularly the process of conception of his new project Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes and subsequent presentation at the CIJAG, in January 2017.
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Book Launch: Destinerrance: The Place of the Dead is the Place of Photograph, by Edgar Martins @ Paris Photo 2017

Book Launch: Destinerrance: The Place of the Dead is the Place of Photograph, by Edgar Martins to be launched on 10.11.2017 @ Paris Photo. This publication is co-published by CIAJG & The Moth House. More news to follow.

Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes by Edgar Martins now available

Following successful exhibitions at Open Eye Gallery, MAAT and Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, The Moth House is pleased to announce the release of Edgar Martins’ new book Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes.
Produced in collaboration with the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Portugal, this project proposes to scrutinize, expose and hold in tension many of the contradictions and problems inherent in the conceptualisation, definition and depiction of death, whilst also reflecting on Photography’s role in this process.
Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes is Martins’ most accomplished body of work to date, marking a clear departure from his default methodology. In this publication Martins adopts a hybrid approach which encompasses the use of fictional and documentary images,  previously unseen archive material such as historical photographs, confidential case and medical files, crime and suicide-scene evidence, photo-installation and text, all the while tapping into the scholarship of several field experts.
Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes includes essays by renowned Portuguese curator Sérgio Mah, academic and writer Roger Luckhurst and philosopher Timothy Secret.
Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes will be launched at Paris Photo on November 11 at the following locations: Melanie Rio Gallery, stand A10 (4-5pm);  Purdy Hicks Gallery, stand D37 (5-6pm).
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00:00.00, a forthcoming book by Edgar Martins

Due in November 2015, this book documents an 18-month long collaboration with the BMW Group and surveys the fabrication, tooling and assembly of the modern era automobile vehicle. Whilst the project focuses solely on BMW’s plant and R&D centers in and around Munich (Germany), it also looks beyond the mere referent, representing therefore a point of resistance.
Conceived around the simple premise of ‘slowing down time’,  this project undertakes an examination and articulation of the world of flux and flow that we live in, a world defined, haunted and consumed by mobility and transience. Symptomatically titled 0:00.00, this series was produced with long exposures of 5 – 45mins. Photographing with prolonged exposures in a fast moving environment represented a significant challenge, thus requiring a great deal of coordination and support from BMW.
All the images were therefore produced during scheduled and enforced production breaks.
0:00.00 represents the final phase of an overarching project in which Edgar Martins has engaged with environments as varied as airports (When Light Casts no Shadow 2008), hydropwer plants (The Time Machine, 2012) and space facilities (The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, 2014) and whose main goal has been to examine and re-evaluate our relationship with technology and industry and its impact on our social and cultural consciousness.
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The Rehearsal of Space official launch

Edgar Martins’ eagerly anticipated new book The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite is scheduled be launched on the 29th May 2014 at The Wapping Project Bankside, from 20H00.

Please join us for a booksigning session with the artist.

This event will be preceded by a conversation between the artist, ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy and Senior Curator of Photographs at the V&A, Martin Barnes. Further information concerning this event can be found here.

Produced between 2012 and 2014 with the European Space Agency, this project represents the most comprehensive survey ever assembled about a modern day scientific and space exploration organisation.

This projects engages with ESA and its partners’ programs –the microgravity, telecommunication, navigation, lunar and Mars exploration programs, among others–, whilst also reflecting on the new politics of space exploration as well as the impact of this kind of technological application on our social consciousness.

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Black Holes & Other Inconsistencies is Edgar Martins’ seminal, critically acclaimed, debut monograph.
Although only published in a print-run of 500 copies and officially sold-out, we have recently retrieved 50 copies from our former distributor, which had previously thought to have been lost. So we are delighted to once again have this wonderful book back in stock.

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We are delighted to announce that Edgar Martins’ The Time Machine is now also available with a redesigned cover.
Inspired on the collector’s edition, this publication is now available in a faux-leather cover, with intricate foil and blind stamping.
We are offering a 15% discount on this title until the end of February. To take advantage of this offer, please use the following promotional code when placing your advanced order: MothHouse2012/101.
As this publication is not yet listed for sale on our website, all orders should be placed by email. However, further information on the title can be found on website.
There are only 200 books available in this format.

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