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Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes

Produced in collaboration with the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Portugal, between 2013 and 2017, Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes is Martins’ most accomplished body of work to date, marking a clear departure from his default methodology. Its a poignant study 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 – with its epistemological, aesthetic and ethical implications – has played in its intelligibility and perception.
In this publication Martins adopts a hybrid approach which encompasses the use of fictional and documentary images,  previously unseen archive material such as historical photographs, confidential case and medical files, crime and suicide-scene evidence, photo-installation and text, all the while tapping into the scholarship of several field experts.

Date: November 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9569085-3-7
Dimensions: 187mmx280mm
Pages: 206
Copies: 250
Clothbound, stamped hardcover
Choice of two covers (brown/green)
Essays by Sérgio Mah, Roger Luckhurst & Timothy Secret

About the Author
Edgar Martins is visual artist woking across different media. His work is represented in several high-profile collections, such as those of the V&A, RIBA, the Dallas Museum of Art; MAST , MUDAS, Modern Art Centre Lisbon, MAAT, Fondation Carmignac, amongst others. He has published over 16 books which were met with critical acclaim and exhibited internationally. He was selected to represent Macau (China) at the 54th Venice Biennale.

Author the Writers
Roger Luckhurst teaches in the School of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of The Trauma Question (2008) and has written several essays on the representation of the dead in fiction, film and photography.
Sérgio Mah teaches Photography at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He was head of programming of the 2003 and 2005 editions of the LisboaPhoto Biennale and the artistic director of PhotoEspaña between 2008 and 2010. He was appointed curator of Portugal’s Official Representation at the 54th Venice Biennale.
Timothy Secret is an educator and was one of ten awarded the status of AHRC and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers 2012. Since then he has appeared on national radio several times, engaged in film work with BBC Arts Scotland and made appearances at several major public philosophy events.


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