As an artist the methodology I use is the one of the architect, meaning I have to respond to the context, by not acting on a subject before understanding it. It means that to have a responsible knowledge before acting, I need to respond to the context in which I'm also a part of.
Graduated in architecture in 2013 and Master in photography in 2021, I’m interested in themes as architecture and territory. Besides studying the autobiographical context of a territory, I find in photography the tool for signification, through the palimpsest of places that are familiar to me.
The work developed revolves around a set of circumstances, social, external or organic, moving through different themes and stories that I want to tell around a certain subject, it is not defined by a specific aesthetic or form. Concepts like melancholy, memory, place, identity and colonialism are the main themes around my body of work.
→ Article on Interact #35: objetos encontrados como prática de pesquisa curated by Ana Gandum and Maura Grimaldi (date TBD)
→ Upcoming exhibition “Nos Txon” at Galeria Imago, Lisbon, february 2022
All images © Marta Pinto Machado