Edgar Martins’ What Photography has in Common with an Empty Vase is awarded one of the top 3 prizes at Lens Culture Art Awards. A book of this work will be published by The Moth House in March 2019.
Grandma (2018), by Elena Helfrecht, is from her ongoing series“Plexus”, a photographic study of still lives that emerge from inherited trauma and post-memory, following the death of the artist’s grandmother. Through this series the artist reconnects the fragmentary history of her female lineage and confronts a past spanning across four generations, examining ideas around post-memory, mental health, war, and history.
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.
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 artwork examines & reimagines a set of historical images, from the collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict, which were taken by an unnamed US policeman in the 1960s, who produced erotic images of black women in his spare time. It opens up a debate about the politicisation of the representation of the female body, the synchronous histories of anthropology & colonialism & their intersection with the practice of photography.