XL Semanal (Spain), edition 28th September 2014, features Martins’ The Rehearsal of Space in a 6 page feature titled ‘La puerta espacial de Europa’ and with words by Fernando Goitia. The full article can be viewed and downloaded here.
This seminal book is brings together 5 bodies of work, inspired by both early 18th century evocations of the sublime and contemporary pictorial traditions.
But for all its historical evocation, the photographs in this publication are fraught with anxieties about ruin.
The Man and the Tree, by Luís Preto, is from his ongoing series Pensar como uma Montanha (To think as a Mountain), which follows and documents the day to day life of Hervé Valette, a hermit, whose disavowal of modern institutions and the postmodernist lifestyle took him to seek refuge in the remote region of northern Portugal.
Shot between 2010 and 2011, this book is structured as a topographic survey of hydro-electricity generating plants. No more than half a dozen people run power stations which, in some cases, were intended to house up to 250 workers just a few decades ago. This project is, thus, not just about the generation of power of also of dreams and technological utopias.
Torso, by William Lakin, is from the 2021 series Five Minutes After Birth, a response to the social conditioning men experience in modern Western societies. Referencing anti-social behaviour, sexuality and traditional gender roles, this work offers both a critical and reflective response to men’s pursuit of power and control, and their inclination to engage in competitive and often harmful behaviours.