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.
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.
This project was developed in some of the most interesting airports in Europe with a key role in history (the Azores, for example, was a compulsory stop for transatlantic flights prior to 1970 and a military base in both World Wars).
Almost all the images were produced at night, using an 8×20″ or 8×10″ camera as well as the aprons’ floodlights, moonlight, long or double exposures of between ten minutes to two hours. Sky and ground merge in darkness with only the lights and airport hieroglyphics to orient us.
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.