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 dypthic was produced in the context of the artist’s award winning project Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes, a project developed over a period of three years with the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Portugal, exploring the tension between concealment and revelation.
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.
The Man and the Tree, by Luís Preto, is from his ongoing series Pensar como uma Montanha (To think as a Mountain), which follows and documents the day to day life of Hervé Valette, a hermit, whose disavowal of modern institutions and the postmodernist lifestyle took him to seek refuge in the remote region of northern Portugal.