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.
Produced over a period of 12 months with the Portuguese Airport Administration Authorities this book surveys the modern airport. Pictured as the elementary expression of abstract space, in Martins’ images sky and ground collide, overlap and blur.
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.
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.
Produced almost entirely within a 3km radius of the author’s home, and inspired by Salman Rushdie’s critique of the film The Wizard of Oz, The Diminishing Present is a visual contemplation on the concept of home and what it means to belong somewhere.