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"Edgar Martins/Mia Salvato: New Work"
2003-02-04 until 2003-03-09
UK United Kingdom
Beautifully executed and enigmatic, Edgar Martins' photographs explore the
philosophy behind the constructed image. Using the "heteronym" Mia Salvato
allows the creation of two distinct bodies of work which are at once
conflicting, and complimentary.
Born in Portugal, Martins was brought up in Macau. He completed his Masters
at the Royal College of Art, receiving the Thames & Hudson/RCA 2002 Book Art
Prize for his photography work "Black Holes and Other Inconsistencies".
The subjects of Martins' portrait essay are two brothers, second-generation
gypsies, who work as sandblasters in Bedford, England. Using a large format
camera, and chiaroscuro lighting, these images contrast the grittiness of
his sitters' occupations with the neat femininity of the interior of their
Edwardian caravan home.
Mia Salvato, the alter ego, uses high-resolution micro-photographic
equipment to create abstract images of a contrived reality, which look like
cosmic phenomena. Like the portraits this sequence of photographs moves from
density and darkness to sparseness and light.