In 2014 Edgar Martins approached BMW with a simple idea: to stop the production lines in order to photograph Plant Munich. Although the project surveys on the surface the fabrication, tooling and assembly of the modern era automobile vehicle, it also represents a point of resistance: to the world of flux and flow that we live in, to a world haunted by mobility, transience and uncertainty.
This dypthic was produced in the context of Edgar Martins’ Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes, a project developed over a period of three years with the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Portugal. It reflects on the gaps in understanding, information and representation and the deep rooted anxieties around ethics and aesthetics that inevitably arise when documentary photography and questions of visibility intersect.
This book surveys the largest exhibition to date of the project Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes, at the CIAJG, Portugal, forcing us to consider photography’s role in the intelligibility of death.
In study that goes beyond mere documentation, this publication brings us a poignant commentary on the financial ruin and bankruptcy that struck the lives of many thousands of people, in the wake of the 2008 sub-prime crisis in the USA.
This project results from a collaboration with inmates, incarcerated in the West Midlands (UK), their families and local organisations and individuals. By giving a voice to his subjects, the author proposes to rethink and counter the sort of imagery normally associated with incarceration and confinement.
Produced in collaboration with the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Portugal, between 2013 and 2017, this project is a reflexion on the tensions and contradictions inherent in the representation and imagination of death, in particular suicide, and the decisive but deeply paradoxical role that photography has played in its intelligibility and perception.
This publication is produced within the context of Edgar Martins’ retrospective exhibition at the Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian in Paris (Oct-Dec 2010) and brings together images from series created between 2005-2010, making possible a transverse appraisal of his photographic production, its unique characteristics, and conceptual framework.