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.
This artwork was produced in the context of Carlos Barradas’ Ferry Tales series. This ongoing series of work explores the departure, journey and arrival of a myriad of ferry crossings, and the ship as heterotopia par excellence.
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 publication is produced within the context of Edgar Martins’ retrospective exhibition at the Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian in Paris (Oct-Dec 2010) and brings together images from series created between 2005-2010, making possible a transverse appraisal of his photographic production, its unique characteristics, and conceptual framework.
In 2012, Edgar Martins was granted unparalleled access to The European Space Agency (ESA) and its partners’ programs, including the human spaceflight, lunar and Mars exploration programs. Martins’ project highlights 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 ultimately humanity’s conception of itself.