Event / 9 Apr 2022

Closing Event: Walk & Talk / Film Screening

Edgar Martins

Join us for an afternoon of special events to mark the closing day of our current exhibition by Edgar Martins, What Photography and Incarceration Have In Common With an Empty Vase, on Saturday 9th April from 1pm.

We will be showing Martins’ film The Life and Death of Schrödinger’s Cat to accompany the exhibition. The film element of this project deploys a succession of photographs, strongly reminiscent of scientific illustration and documentation, and the remarkable 1977 photobook by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Evidence.

The difference with Evidence is we do not encounter just pictures. Martins’ photographs are sequenced to accompany an elaborate story based on a collaboration with the renowned Portuguese physicist and CERN scientist João Seixas of a prison that is built to create the maximum absence of its inmates from society.

Martins will also be joining us in person to lead a “Walk & Talk” tour of the entire exhibition at 2pm and again at 4pm to give us an insight into his thinking as well as answering any questions.

Please note, the film will be shown in our library space and as such places are limited. Booking for this event is required, and tickets are available here.

The running order of the afternoon is as follows:

Session 1:

1:00pm - The Life and Death of Schrodinger’s Cat

(film, 21 mins, library)

2:00pm - Walk & Talk with Edgar Martins

(in person, approximately 1 hour, main gallery)

Session 2:

3:00pm - The Life and Death of Schrodinger’s Cat

(film, 21 mins, library)

4:00pm - Walk & Talk with Edgar Martins

(in person, approximately 1 hour, main gallery)

About Artist

Portrait of Edgar Martins

Edgar Martins

Edgar Martins was born in Évora (Portugal) but grew up in Macau (China), where he published his first novel entitled Mãe deixa-me fazer o pino. In 1996 he moved to the UK, where he completed a BA in Photography and Social Sciences at the University of the Arts, as well as an MA in Photography Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (London).

His work is represented internationally in several high-profile collections.

Edgar Martins has exhibited extensively at institutions such as PS1 MoMA (New York), MOPA (San Diego, USA), Centro de Arte Moderna (Lisbon), MAAT (Lisbon), CIAJG (Guimarães, Portugal), Centro Cultural Hélio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro), The New Art Gallery Walsall (Walsall, UK), The Gallery of Photography (Dublin), Ffotogallery (Penarth, Wales),Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool), Leicester New Walk Museum, The Herbert Museum & Art Gallery, the Geneva Photography Centre, among many others.

In 2010 the Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian (Paris) hosted Edgar Martins’ first retrospective exhibition.

Edgar Martins was the recipient of the inaugural New York Photography Award (Fine Art category, May 2008), the BES Photo Prize (Portugal, 2009), the SONY World Photography Award (2009; 2018), 1st prize in the Fine Art— Abstract category of the 2010 International Photography Awards, 1st prize in the Hangar Centre’s European Photography Call 2020 and nominated for the Prix Pictet 2009 as well as the Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography in 2020 & 2021.

His first book—Black Holes & Other Inconsistencies—was awarded the Thames & Hudson and RCA Society Book Art Prize. A selection of images from this book was also awarded The Jerwood Photography Award in 2003.

Edgar Martins' What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase was shortlisted for the Paris Photo & Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards as well as PhotoEspaña Book Awards in 2020.

He was selected to represent Macau (China) at the 54th Venice Biennale.