Please join us on Thursday 21st May from 3-4pm at Photo London (The Wapping project Bankside booth) where Edgar Martins will be signing copies of his latest book The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite.
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.
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.
This a documentary project, a novel, a lipogramme and an imaginary anthropological study in one. It responds to the death and disappearance of the author’s close friend, photojournalist Anton Hammerl’s, during the 2011 Libyan war, through an examination of the geography, players and circumstances surrounding his demise as well as a reflection on the paradoxical role that photography has played in conflict zones.
This dypthic was produced in the context of the artist’s award winning project 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, exploring the tension between concealment and revelation.