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What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase at Paris Photo and Off-print 2019

Edgar Martins’ What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase will be presented at Paris Photo and Off-print 2019.
Martins’ new project 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, I explore the philosophical concept of absence, and address a broader consideration of the status of the photograph when questions of visibility, ethics, aesthetics and documentation intersect. From a humanist perspective the work seeks to reflect on how one deals with the absence of a loved one, brought on by enforced separation. From an ontological perspective it seeks answers to the following questions: what does it mean for Photography if it does not identify with the referent but the absence of the referent? How does Photography represent a subject that eludes visualization, that is absent or hidden from view? How can documentary photography, in an era of fake news, best acknowledge the imaginative and fictional dimension of our relation to photographs? By giving a voice to inmates and their families and addressing prison as a set of social relations rather than a mere physical space, my work proposes to rethink and counter the sort of imagery normally associated with incarceration.
Composed of three distinct chapters, including film, audio, sculpture and installation, the 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.

More information about the work can be seen here.

What Photography & Incarceration… at Galeria Filomena Soares, Nov 2019

Edgar Martins’ What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase will be presented at Galeria Filomena Soares, 11 November 2019.
Martins new project 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, I explore the philosophical concept of absence, and address a broader consideration of the status of the photograph when questions of visibility, ethics, aesthetics and documentation intersect. From a humanist perspective the work seeks to reflect on how one deals with the absence of a loved one, brought on by enforced separation. From an ontological perspective it seeks answers to the following questions: what does it mean for Photography if it does not identify with the referent but the absence of the referent? How does Photography represent a subject that eludes visualization, that is absent or hidden from view? How can documentary photography, in an era of fake news, best acknowledge the imaginative and fictional dimension of our relation to photographs? By giving a voice to inmates and their families and addressing prison as a set of social relations rather than a mere physical space, my work proposes to rethink and counter the sort of imagery normally associated with incarceration.
Composed of three distinct chapters, including film, audio, sculpture and installation, the 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.

More information about the work can be seen here.

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.

To pre-order a copy of the book please contact us.

Book Specs:

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

What Photography has in Common with an Empty Vase awarded one of the top 3 prizes at Lens Culture Art Awards

Edgar Martins’ What Photography has in Common with an Empty Vase is awarded one of the top 3 prizes at Lens Culture Art Awards. A book of this work will be published by The Moth House in March 2019.

Edgar Martins’ What Photography has in Common with an Empty Vase @ South Bank Centre

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.

 

Edgar Martins ‘Siloquies and Soliloquies…” awarded a SONY World Photography Award

Edgar Martins Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death Life and Other Interludes is a awarded 1st prize in the Still-Life category of SONY World Photography Awards. The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite and 00:00.00 were also awarded second-prize in the Architecture series.

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.
If you would like to place an order for this book please contact us.

Lens Culture’s best books of 2017

Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes was selected as one of the best books of 2017 by Lens Culture. To read more pleack click here.

10 best books of the year by 1000 words magazine

Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes, by Edgar Martins has been voted as one of the best books of the year by 1000words magazine. Thanks for the endorsement!
 

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.