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.
In 2014 Edgar Martins approached BMW with a simple idea: to stop the production lines in order to photograph Plant Munich. Although the project surveys on the surface the fabrication, tooling and assembly of the modern era automobile vehicle, it also represents a point of resistance: to the world of flux and flow that we live in, to a world haunted by mobility, transience and uncertainty.
The Man and the Tree, by Luís Preto, is from his ongoing series Pensar como uma Montanha (To think as a Mountain), which follows and documents the day to day life of Hervé Valette, a hermit, whose disavowal of modern institutions and the postmodernist lifestyle took him to seek refuge in the remote region of northern Portugal.
Produced in collaboration with the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Portugal, between 2013 and 2017, this project is a reflexion on the tensions and contradictions inherent in the representation and imagination of death, in particular suicide, and the decisive but deeply paradoxical role that photography has played in its intelligibility and perception.
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.