This is not a House

Shot in sixteen different locations, across eight separate states, this work catalyses and reunites fresh experiences of a new form of American architecture by summoning a disquieting conjunction of realism and fiction. In a study that goes beyond pure formal investigation and documentation Martins creates a poignant commentary on the financial ruin and bankruptcy that struck the lives of many thousands of people.
Carefully researched locations reveal the full extent and impact of this crisis.
However, the houses depicted in this series do not refer just to the particular. They are images of spatial assemblages, of kinds of stages on which a number of quite different (and perhaps incompatible) narratives might be enacted.

Book published by Dewi Lewis Ltd. for The Moth House.
This publication is only available through The Moth House’s website.
Listed price is for book & 8×10″ C-print in an edition of 50.

Date: May 2011
ISBN: 978-1-907883-02-6
Dimensions: 270mmx335mm
Pages: 109
Book edition: 150 (signed and numbered)
Print edition: 50 (signed and numbered)
Quarter binding cloth hardcover, housed in a clothbound slipcase
Includes 8×10″ C-print (signed and numbered), supplied in folder
Essays by Peter D. Osborne, Sacha Craddock

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.

About the Writers
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. He is presently working on a book titled, Commemorating the Present – photography and the contemporary cultural condition. He is on the editorial board of the New Zealand art theory journal, Z/X.
Sacha Craddock is an independent art critic and curator. Co-curator for Bloomberg Space and respected post-graduate tutor, she writes numerous articles and catalogue essays, gives public lectures and makes television appearances. Craddock serves in many consultative and official capacities; she is the Chair of New Contemporaries, chair of Braziers International Workshop, co-founder of Artschool Palestine and Pubic Art Advisor for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


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