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.
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 dypthic was produced in the context of the artist’s latest project What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase, a project which results from a collaboration with inmates, incarcerated in the West Midlands, their families and a myriad of other individuals and community groups in the region.
Wrestling, by Polly Tootal, is from her ongoing series The Hands That Built This City, which documents the daily lives of the men who live in the UAE’s labour camps, in all its banality and complexity. The labourers, brought in to prop up Dubai’s infrastructural aspirations are often enticed with false promises of prosperity, only to end up earning meagre wages and living in crowded accommodations with no proper plumbing.
In 2012, Edgar Martins was granted unparalleled access to The European Space Agency (ESA) and its private aerospace partners’ programs. Martins’ project reflects on the wider politics of space exploration, the ever-growing role of science and technology in our society and our relationship with the unknown, whilst opening up wider questions around epistemology, metaphysics and humanity’s conception of itself.