PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITON BY EDGAR MARTINS
LONDON. UK . 9 JUNE - 31 JULY 2004
'THE REHEARSAL OF SPACE'
Most of Martins¹ work is affected by suspicion of the real.
Displacement and ambiguity complete the artist¹s recurring lexicon,
for the invention of a history and mapping of the city.
Martins work constitutes a field of illusionary and fictional games, implying
passages from the dimensions of art history, psychoanalysis and philosophy.
In maintaining a link with modernist drama, the artist reflects upon the
tentacular modern city in continual development, and the spectacular changes
in human perception and representational practices that it induces.
In a study that goes beyond pure formal investigation, disparate elements
catalyse and reunite new experiences of the contemporary city.
In conceiving a mode of thought capable of producing an interruption of
contemporary photographic praxis, Martins is able to question the involvement
of various historical and contemporary studies in the field of urban representation.
These are photographs positioned in the grey area of fact and fiction,
reality and allegory.