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The Wayward Line

‘What does it mean to represent and perceive places photographically? How is it that the photographic has the privilege of ‘disassembling’ the appearance of the territory and, consequently, of calling for a broader, more emotional and more intricate experience of its hidden meanings? How do places connect and configure themselves in accordance with social, political and ecological phenomena?
These are pressing questions for many contemporary visual artists for whom working on place and landscape involves an ever more necessary challenge: that of rendering visible and interrogating the ways in which space is appropriated and transformed, and salvaging some vestige of the events, dilemmas and reverberations wrought by history on the territory. Thus, reproducing, constructing and representing images of place also means scrutinising their physical, social and symbolic meanings. The work of the photographer Edgar Martins has been linked to this series of reflections and motivations.’ (© Sérgio Mah)
This publication is produced within the context of Edgar Martins’ exhibition at the Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian in Paris (Oct-Dec 2010) and brings together images from series created over a period of five years, making possible a transverse appraisal of his photographic production, its unique characteristics, as well as the prospective lines that his work has been adopting more recently. The seven series are: When Light Casts no Shadow (2008), A Metaphysical Survey of British Dwellings (2010), Dwarf Exoplanets & Other Sophisms (2007), The Accidental Theorist (2006-08), This is not a House (2008), Reluctant Monoliths (2009) and The Rate of Convergence of Two Opposing System Trajectories (2008-09).

Book published by Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian.
Limited number of signed copies available through The Moth House.


Date: October 2010
ISBN: 978-972-8462-55-0
Dimensions: 235mmx240mm
Pages: 180
Edition: 300
Clothbound hardcover with tipped-in image
English & French
Essays by Edgar Martins, Jacinto Lageira, Peter D. Osborne, Sérgio Mah

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
Jacinto Lageira is a lecturer in Aesthetics at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and an art critic. He has also published: L’image du monde dans le corps du texte (I, II), La Lettre volée, 2003; L’esthétique traversée, La Lettre volée, 2007; La déréalisation du monde. Fiction et réalité en conflit, Ed. J. Chambon, 2010, and edited an anthology of concrete and visual poetry, Du mot à l’image et du son au mot, Ed. Le Mot et le reste, Marseille, 2006.
Peter D. Osborne is the author of Travelling Light, photography, travel and visual culture,Manchester University Press, and of a number of articles, papers and catalogue essays on photography and landscape; art, photography and travel; and on Latin America 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.

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