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.
This seminal book is an excursus on the metastization of the urban frontier. Produced in South-East China, Portugal and South Africa the author uses the ‘black hole’ in the landscape as a way to rethink our relationship with the modern de-centred city.
This project was developed in some of the most interesting airports in Europe with a key role in history (the Azores, for example, was a compulsory stop for transatlantic flights prior to 1970 and a military base in both World Wars).
Almost all the images were produced at night, using an 8×20″ or 8×10″ camera as well as the aprons’ floodlights, moonlight, long or double exposures of between ten minutes to two hours. Sky and ground merge in darkness with only the lights and airport hieroglyphics to orient us.
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.
This dypthic was produced in the context of Edgar Martins’ 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.