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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 @ Photo Oxford 2017

Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death Life and Other Interludes, by Edgar Martins is to be presented at the inaugural edition of  Photo Oxford 2017, from 8 -24 September (Kendrew Barg Gallery, St. John’s College, St. Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JP).
Photo Oxford presents the UK premiere of Edgar Martins’ new work Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes. Produced in collaboration with the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Portugal, Martins’ work is borne out of a frustration with photography’s inability to show the nature of death, as opposed to what he describes as the media’s ‘glorification of the gory and the bizarre’. Contemporary depictions of death focus on spectacle, rather than attempt to create the space to encourage an understanding of its causes, contexts and consequences and Martin seeks to bring these to the fore.
The physicality of death is inevitably horrible and often shocking, while its literal depiction in photography – of the dead body in particular – is intrusive. Subjects are powerless, unable to shield their faces or refuse. The challenge of the photograph then, and the photographer, is to communicate something meaningful about death and investigate its anthropological, social and historical contexts as well as its personal relevance.
Through the use of new photography, appropriating previously unseen archive material – including historical photographs, confidential case and medical files, crime and suicide-scene evidence – installation and projections, Martin’s offers a poignant study that proposes to scrutinise, expose and hold in tension many of the contradictions and problems inherent in the depiction on death, as well as on language and semiotics. The artist deploys both documentary photography approaches and fiction and in turn, his series of photographs and text becomes a process of unveiling, rather than straightforward, factual accounts.
Inspired by his own experience of traumatic death, Martins’ project focuses on violent death and, in particular, suicide. In doing so, he meditates on the often unforeseeable but always inevitable nature of mortality and, investigates its legacies through the depiction of material evidence – from extracts from suicide notes, to press photographs reporting family murders to photographic records of deceased persons’ belongings.
This archive material is variously manipulated by Martins, yet forever haunted by the spectres of its victims or perpetrators. Martins photographs become like late nineteenth and early twentieth century spirit photographs, only without the absurd (but for the recipient, tangible and moving) double exposures of ghostly faces or ectoplasm. They move to the heart of the matter, exploring motivation and intent rather than venture into the shocking or grotesque.
Each iteration of Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes is unique, responding to the space and location in which it is displayed. Presented in complex and suggestive sequences, the project is a visual journey towards the struggle of contemplating death, in search of people, places and images that have connection with us on the far side of time.
Curated by Tim Clark and Greg Hobson

Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death Life and Other Interludes is reviewed in 1000words magazine

Daniel C. Blight makes a poignant analysis and reflection on Edgar Martins’ Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes. Read the article here.

Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes @ José de Guimarães International Art Centre

Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes will be presented from the 28 January to 4 June 2017 at the José de Guimarães International Art Centre in a wider capacity, including new multi-media presentations using 35mm slide projections and magic lanterns as well as historical archive imagery and objects from the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Science’s collection. The show will be presented under the new title Destinerrance (Destinerrância: o lugar do morto é o lugar da fotografia).

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).
To place an order for this book, please click here.

Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death Life and Other Interludes by Edgar Martins @ Open Eye Gallery 15.01.2015 – 04.04.2016

The Moth House is pleased to announce the launch of Edgar Martins’ new body of work Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes at Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool, UK).
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. These intentions collide, overlap and blur in Martins’ images, revealing the fragility of our perceptual and cognitive systems.
Photography continues to have a pivotal role in the representation of death and in mediating our relationship to death. However, the media’s inability to deal with this issue beyond the glorification of the gory and the bizarre leads to serious omissions with profound consequences.
This exhibition attempts to understand our relationship to death, particularly violent death (namely suicide), and 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 project Martins adopts a hybrid approach to photography, which includes fictional and documentary images,  the use and appropriation of previously unseen archive material such as historical photographs, confidential case and medical files, crime and suicide-scene evidence, photo-installation and projection, all the while tapping into the scholarship of several field experts.
Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes will be presented at Museu da Electricidade/MAAT (Lisbon) in June 2016, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art (Lisbon) in November 2016, amongst other spaces.
A book of this work will be published by The Moth House in September this year.
If you would like to place an advance order for this book, please contact us.

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.
To place an advanced order, please contact us.

Edgar Martins booksigning at Photo London

Please join us on Thursday 21st May from 3-4pm at Photo London (The Wapping project Bankside booth) where I will be signing copies of my book The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite.

Ponto Final interviews Edgar Martins about his work with the Institute of Legal Medicine

The Macau weekly newspaper, Ponto Final, interviews Edgar Martins about his latest project and collaboration with the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. This ambitious body of work seeks to scrutinise, expose and hold in tension many of the contradictions and problems inherent in the depiction of death, whilst attempting to understand what death represents through a fundamentally human narrative. As Martins observes these intentions will likely collide, overlap and blur, revealing the fragility of our perceptual and cognitive systems.
Titled ‘Strange Fruit: Siloquies and Soliloquies on Life and Death’, this project will be published by The Moth House in 2016 and launched in both the UK and Portugal in January and March that year.

The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite @ The Wolverhampton Art Gallery (UK)

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.