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 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 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.
This book surveys the largest exhibition to date of the project Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes, at the CIAJG, Portugal, forcing us to consider photography’s role in the intelligibility of death.