⁞ A selection of UK-based emerging photographers to watch (III) ⁞

© Jill Quigley, Untitled, from the series Cottages of Quigley’s Point. © Jill Quigley, Untitled, from the series Cottages of Quigley’s Point. © Oliver Smith, Untitled, from the series Looking for Ghosts. © Oliver Smith, Untitled, from the series Looking … Continue reading ⁞ A selection of UK-based emerging photographers to watch (III) ⁞

٠ Christopher Marques: working-through the postmemory trauma ٠

all photographs © Christopher Marques, from the project O Álbum/The Album, 2013 Christopher’s work revolves around the quest for identity. It’s a postmodern symptom. The industrialization and the instant access to difference places, languages, faces and times, tends to confuse … Continue reading ٠ Christopher Marques: working-through the postmemory trauma ٠

٠ Sandro Ferreira, memory code: 6174 ٠

© Sandro Ferreira, Não lhe digas para onde vais amanhã (Don’t tell her where you’ll be tomorrow), from the project “6174” Set of a hundred booklets, with dimensions identical to those with speeches of some dignitaries of the Portuguese dictatorial regime: “Estado Novo”. © Sandro Ferreira, from the project 6174. The left card reads The useless, the right card reads The miserableA series of 126 “lobby cards”, corresponding to the 126 films that the soldier Manuel Rosa Simões had seen since his arrival in Angola until his departure for the Metropolis. Ironically, the first film was “Les Miserables” and the … Continue reading ٠ Sandro Ferreira, memory code: 6174 ٠

┐ roots & fruits #13 – Ricardo Baltazar └

© Ricardo Baltazer, all Untitled, from the series Touching from a Distance, 2012 Ricardo’s project Touching from a Distance was shot in Essen, Germany, in 2012. All images are blow-ups of snapshots he took while paving the streets. Inevitably, they refer to the distance between the author and the subject portrayed, as they speak about the desire to get closer. These blow-ups are attempted gazes, attempts at assuring the account of oneself while trying to look at his surroundings. They are as much voyeuristic as they are introspective, in the sense that what one does while looking desperately out, is … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #13 – Ricardo Baltazar └

┐ Mark Peckmezian’s youth on “youth” └

© Mark Peckmezian, Untitled, © Mark Peckmezian, Untitled, chromogenic print >© Mark Peckmezian, Untitled, fiber gelatin silver print >© Mark Peckmezian, Untitled, @ G20, fiber gelatin silver print © Mark Peckmezian, Untitled, fiber gelatin silver print “I was thinking that the “straight” or naive approach to the theme would be to just play to popular conceptions or idealizations of youth — and I certainly have photos that do that. I used to make a lot of work like this. But in the past few years, I don’t know….I don’t really buy it anymore, I guess. I think a lot of … Continue reading ┐ Mark Peckmezian’s youth on “youth” └

┐ Vilma Pimenoff └

© Vilma Pimenoff, Untitled (figures-left + beings-right), from The Dark Collection © Vilma Pimenoff, Untitled (beings), from The Dark Collection © Vilma Pimenoff, Untitled, from the series Demoiselles de Paris “Pierce called indexical the process of signification (semiosis) in which the signifier is bound to the referent not by a social convention ( = “symbol”), not necessarily by some similarity ( = “icon”), but by an actual contiguity or connection in the world: the lightning is the index of the storm. In this sense, film and photography are close to each other, both are prints of real objects, prints left … Continue reading ┐ Vilma Pimenoff └

┐ Will Jennings └

© Will Jennings, Untitled, from the series Tumbling Blocks, 2011 “As an intuitive response to the sudden death of my mother last summer I walked down the Suffolk coast, reconsidering the landscape of my childhood through the eyes of an adult, mourner and artist. Concrete cubes sporadically emerged along the route, sole man-made interjections in a landscape of permanent flux. As I walked through fog they offered perspective, their staccato rhythm implied passing time, their angular form suggested a grid and attempted rationalisation of chaotic, uncontrollable nature. I read the cubes as monolithic stelae. Blank vessels into which I store … Continue reading ┐ Will Jennings └

┐ Jacinda Russell └

© Jacinda Russell, Strange Artifacts: A Photographic and Found Object @ J. Crist Gallery, installation view + details, Idaho, 2007 The wunderkammer or “room of wonder” draws heavily upon 16th century European cabinets of curiosity. I combined digital photography with found object sculpture by printing on canvas and encasing the images in weathered boxes, suitcases, drawers, and crates. Objects like false teeth, steering wheels, anonymous sculptures of naked bandits, jars of paint chips, sculpted cotton, and skull necklaces form the installation. All 50 of the objects are influential in defining my childhood and adult years, the various places I have … Continue reading ┐ Jacinda Russell └

┐ Chris Toalson └

© Chris Toalson, Penguins, from the series Dioramas, 2007 © Chris Toalson, Mourning Doves, from the series Dioramas, 2007 © Chris Toalson, Alaskan Brown Bear, from the series Simulations, 2008 “My photographic thesis, True West, calls into question the seeming American fascination with the American West. The current state of the West is one where history has become intertwined with myth, where each influences the other, and where more often than not, myth prevails. This thesis is an attempt to understand how we interpret history when authenticity is difficult to distinguish from fabrication. In doing so, my work is meant … Continue reading ┐ Chris Toalson └

┐ roots & fruits #12 – Gonçalo Figueiredo └

© Gonçalo Figueiredo, Lourenço © Gonçalo Figueiredo, Rita Tavares (left) and Lara Brandão (right), from the series The Protest, 12/2009 © Gonçalo Figueiredo, Ricardo Baltazar (left) and Gonçalo Figueiredo (right), from the series The Protest, 12/2009 These portraits are part of a series made back in the Winter of 2009 and it depicts a group of students from the Photography Department to which Gonçalo also was part, both as a technitian and as a student. In December, confronted with the lack of conditions and materials the course lacked to offer, they decided to camp at school and endure a silent … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #12 – Gonçalo Figueiredo └

┐ roots & fruits #11 – Tiago Casanova └

© Tiago Casanova, all Untitled, from the project The Unknown Island “The airplane begins to descend. Madeira is down there. From far we can understand the feeling that the fifteenth century discoverers had when they saw Madeira (= Wood) for the first time, and from there we can easily guess the origin of the name. An intensive tropical vegetation fills and covers the island of green, but I cannot help but noticing the various urban clusters, scattered houses, roads and highways and the megalomaniac construction of the new airport. The constructed confronts the natural on a dual mode. Large scars … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #11 – Tiago Casanova └

┐ roots & fruits #10 – Cláudio Ferreira └

© Cláudio Ferreira, all Untitled, from the series Space Project nº 1 – Galaxies, 2012 “And yet, the absence of the subject does not have to be interpreted as a deficiency. Quite the opposite, it could indicate a new quality in the revolution, in a henceforth molecular revolution, and the primacy of multiplicity within it. When the subject is missing, it has not just gone amiss, as a gap (still) gaping and begging to get closed. In view of the composition of the molecular revolution there is no need for unification, or for the representation of a unified (class) subject … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #10 – Cláudio Ferreira └

┐ roots & fruits #9 – Miguel Godinho └

© Miguel Godinho, Untitled, from the series Esta é a minha família (This is my family), 2011 © Miguel Godinho, 38 years old (left) + 40 years old (right), from the series 16-06-1950, 2008 © Miguel Godinho, Untitled, from the series Family, 2005 © Miguel Godinho, Untitled (left + right), from the series Entre nós (Amongst us), 2010 Miguel Godinho’s (b. 1984) photography is not easy to describe, not because it is abstract, overly conceptualized or devoided of content, but because it is simple (albeit symbolic) and unpretentious. Miguel’s body of work fluctuates between intimate moments and a sterile portrait … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #9 – Miguel Godinho └

┐ roots & fruits #8 – Diogo Simões └

© Diogo Simões, Untitled, from the series Miratejo © Diogo Simões, Untitled, from the series Miratejo © Diogo Simões, Untitled, from the series Miratejo © Diogo Simões, Untitled, from the series Miratejo Influenced by current-events (this is a circumstantial analogy) Diogo’s (b.1988, Miratejo, PT) photographs remind me of a kind of portrait of youth that makes me think of Gus van Sant’s universe. If I had seen this series a few months ago I would probably relate it to projects within the realm of the medium itself and think about the meaning of portrait and nostalgia in the history of … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #8 – Diogo Simões └

┐ roots & fruits #5 – Tito Mouraz └

© Tito Mouraz, Untitled, from the series Leitura(s) © Tito Mouraz, Untitled, from the series Leitura(s) © Tito Mouraz, Untitled, from the series Finally, No One © Tito Mouraz, Untitled, from the series Finally, No One “There has been, since ever, an almost innate obsession for space and its domain through the most varied forms and ways. This domain goes several times beyond intended expectations, such as, self-control that we could or should have about something to which we call “place”, where things happen, grow and bloom, since space is, in its entire definition, more genuine, original and infinite. When … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #5 – Tito Mouraz └

┐ roots & fruits #4 – João Varela └

© João Varela, Untitled, from de Toerist © João Varela, Untitled, from de Toerist © João Varela, Untitled, from de Toerist © João Varela, Untitled, from de Toerist “De Toerist came about in November 2010 when I went to study at AKV|St.Joost in Breda, Netherlands. As I arrived there, the weather was really different than the one that I was used to. This was one of the many difficulties that I had among others such as renting a house, language barrier and the adaptation to the classes. With all of these feelings coming to me, I always felt like a … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #4 – João Varela └

┐ roots & fruits #3 – João Henriques └

© João Henriques, Untitled, from the series ID, 2010 © João Henriques, Untitled, from the series ID, 2010 © João Henriques, Untitled, from the series ID, 2010 “Id is a photographic series about place and identity, whose images where done in my home town, Tomar, Portugal. The term Id, besides pointing to the notion of identity also refers to a Freudian term that designates the unconscious place where images are formed, one that might contain the information not only about the past but also the future, a place where the notions of time are weaved into a multidimensional net. Questions … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #3 – João Henriques └

┐ roots & fruits #2 – Jorge Miguel └

© Jorge Miguel, Untitled, from the series Mó, 2010 © Jorge Miguel, Untitled, from the series Mó, 2010 © Jorge Miguel, Untitled, from the series Mó, 2010 © Jorge Miguel, Untitled, from the series Mó, 2010 “Mó is a village in the central region of Portugal with only 13 inhabitants, in one of the most desertified areas of the country. These few remaining habitants are now a last glimpse of traditions and habits of rural life in harmony with nature. The youngest went to the big cities in search of better living conditions, leaving their old villages to die slowly. … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #2 – Jorge Miguel └

┐ roots & fruits #1 – Ana Marta └

© Ana Marta, Untitled, from the series Palm Trees don’t belong here, Porto Santo, Portugal, 2012 © Ana Marta, Untitled, from the series Palm Trees don’t belong here, Porto Santo, Portugal, 2012 © Ana Marta, Untitled, from the series Palm Trees don’t belong here, Porto Santo, Portugal, 2012 © Ana Marta, Untitled, from the series Palm Trees don’t belong here, Porto Santo, Portugal, 2012 “Porto Santo is a summer tourist destination on the island of Madeira, appreciated for its natural resources, particularly for its beaches. However, in winter, this fascinating place is forgotten and left to cry (…) The title … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #1 – Ana Marta └

┐ Rachel Bee Porter └

© Rachel Bee Porter, #2, from Subzero © Rachel Bee Porter, #10 (Lemon Meringue Cake with Key lime Tartlets and Margaritas on the rocks), from he Joy of Cooking © Rachel Bee Porter, #3 (Blackberry Pie), from Wallflowers “Having grown up reading a multitude of home and lifestyle magazines, my work confronts the expectations that developed from buying into the alluring photographic fantasies of the pristine and perfect domestic life. I devoured every issue of Martha Stewart Living that I could find. Drawn in by the beautiful eye-catching photographs, I absorbed all of the tips, tricks and how-tos in those … Continue reading ┐ Rachel Bee Porter └

┐ Seo-Yeoung Won └

© Seo-Yeoung Won, Chair, from the series Compressed Reality, 2010 © © Seo-Yeoung Won, Wheel, from the series Compressed Reality, 2010 “My work starts with sublimating from a mere common object in dairy life to an entity having a particular denotative meaning. For this, I have paid attention to existing expression methods of painting and installation art that take a dairy life object as a target of expression, and have continued experimentations to realise the methods in a particular space of a photographic studio. The illusion of space created by the painting, and the relationship between an object and space, … Continue reading ┐ Seo-Yeoung Won └