What’s wrong with photography competitions?

Everything’s wrong with this sort of competitions, yet they’re necessary to keep the art market alive. There are very few art prizes in Portugal and they tend to promote the most conceptual approach… Continue reading

open carefully; this image might shock you

Note: I chose to give the warning I missed to find when I came across the image that I’ll be referring to later on this post: a poor resolution image of the inside… Continue reading

‘Staged’ vs ‘Faked’: Ai Weiwei as Aylan Kurdi

Chinese artivist Ai Weiwei has been stationed in Lesbos documenting the daily arrival of refugees, which is (was) to say that he was playing the role of a photojournalist. His photographs are published… Continue reading

≡ the ‘vaginal address’ & the ‘f’ generations artists ≡

Documentation of Casey Jenkins‘ performance Casting Off My Womb. Image via http://hyperallergic.com Casting Off My Womb was a 28-day performance by artist Casey Jenkins, that took place at the Darwin Visual Arts Association.… Continue reading

≡ True color thinking ≡

For the past 4 years, in collaboration with two colleagues – Luis Pavão & Paula Lourenço -, I’ve been teaching Alternative Processes in Photography. One of the courses we used to teach was… Continue reading

≡ Refugee chic? Oh, my! Here we go again… ≡

Inspired by the echos of the migrant crisis in his home country, hungarian photographer Norbert Baska has made a fashion shoot called “Der Migrant” with models in luxurious clothes posing as refugees in… Continue reading

≡ How watching a tv show can bring you back to life ≡

It’s been approximately 90 days since I last made a post on this blog, an habit I used to enjoy. These last months, being concentrated on my PhD thesis, have turned me into… Continue reading

≡ on lockdown to countdown ≡

sketch for a cocoon This is it for a while. I’ll be absent for the next 4 months. At least, I imagine so. As much as I would want to keep up the… Continue reading

≡ Are you sure Jimmy Nelson’s photographs are ‘cool’? ≡

printscreen from iGNANT’s FB There are several photographers traveling to “remote places” with the aim to capture “human nature”, at its wildest form. One of these so-called explorers is British photographer Jimmy Nelson… Continue reading

≡ about men ≡

© Sam Taylor-Johnson, Steve Buscemi, from the series Crying Men. Excerpts from the article Masculinity Is Killing Men: The Roots of Men and Trauma, by Kali Holloway, fully available @ alternet.org: If we… Continue reading

≡ Hedges & Sacco: good journalism can make you sick ≡

A loved one, who knows how I feel about America, decided to gift me with this pearl: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. Having learned a lot… Continue reading

≡ Art produced by men about men (?) ≡

Exhibition catalog, 110 × 165 mm, 272 pages, October 2013. A post about a group exhibition themed The Weak Sex – How Art Pictures the New Male, held @ Kunstmuseum Bern from 18.10.2013 to… Continue reading

≡ This Friday, while cleaning up my bookmarks ≡

I Lensmen‘s post about documentary photographer Mitch Epstein. © Mitch Epstein, Topanga Canyon, California 1974 (Recreation America). © Mitch Epstein, Playing Cards in a Chicken Market, Hanoi, Vietnam 1993 (Vietnam: A Book of Changes).… Continue reading

≡ Brendan Ko: I must really love this ≡

© Brendan George Ko, Nine eleven (Detection), from the series We Soon Be Night, 2011-13. © Brendan George Ko, Hoodlumz (New Tribe), from the series We Soon Be Night, 2011-13. © Brendan George… Continue reading