Exhibition: Pop-Up Porto
The Pop-Up Porto Exhibition is a unique event hosted on the 11-14 October 2019.
This will be a temporary art event that will last for the weekend of Porto Photo Fest, where local emerging artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in some fun, accessible and interesting public spaces.
We would love to hear from both those who own an interesting space in the center of Porto, who wishes to host some photography and, give the opportunity of new people knowing your space, and local photographers who wish to have their work displayed in an international photography festival platforms.
ARTISTS IN VENUES
This is a serie of street photography taken across Portugal Spain and France. I took those spontaneously without any idea of a specific project, until I realized that my attention was usually called by people doing things on their own, away from others.
A constant search for showing the city from a different perspective.
Title: NOT ALL GIRLS LIKE PINK
Not all girls like pink, not all girls like romantic comedies, not all girls want to be pretty little princesses, but strong warrior queens instead, and that´s how I look at these wonderful performers on a big stage sometimes in front of thousands of people; that’s how I look at the happy girls in the audience, headbanging, crowdsurfing without a care in the world, without worrying if they had put some make up on, if the clothes are getting dirty, if the hair looks in place, not taking crap from anybody.
I have been working on this project for some time during my concert and festival photo reports and the reason is I want to show women being themselves in an alternative environment, free of stereotypes and prejudice, seen as equals whether on a stage or on a moshpit somewhere.
Through my photographs I hope people can feel the strength and the energy, the emotion and depth that all these people that pass before my eyes exude. With these images, I hope to inspire other women, other girls to be whatever they want, whoever they want.
I want to go to school!
Educating the girls of Nepal’s Solukhumbu District
Around one sixth of the world’s population of school-age children (ages 6 to 17) are not in school. According to the latest UNESCO* projections, 9 million girls of primary school age will never start school or set foot in a classroom.
“Girls continue to face the greatest barriers.”
–Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General.
Despite the efforts of more than a decade, the organization finds no progress in reducing out-of-school numbers, worldwide. But there is hope.
I traveled to Nepal as a volunteer photographer for Classrooms in the Clouds, a Nepali/UK non-governmental organization (NGO) active in the country’s Solukhumbu District. There, on three trips in 2013 through 2017, I witnessed the progress being made as the NGO works with Nepalese communities to build school rooms and support teachers. In the process, their efforts also provide sustainable improvements in hygiene and develop female role models for the girls of the region.
Addressing persistent poor access and quality is at the top of the group’s agenda. Achievements include new school rooms with gender-specific toilets and filtered water, and young women from the region trained in current teaching methods, and financially supported. Villages also benefit from participating actively in sustainable solutions to a global problem.
These photographs were taken in in Solukhumbu villages several days’ walk south of Lukla, the entry point for trekkers and climbers to Mount Everest Base Camp.
*UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), Fact Sheet no. 56, September 2019
The rupture with the past does not create feelings of nostalgia, only memories of a time that is already over. Detachment thus finds a time and a space to occur, in the fragments of a body that relates to the surrounding Nature, aware of the ephemerality of the moment itself.
The personal project ‘This is Motherhood’ is a series of portraits of mothers feeding their children by British photographer and mother of one, Alex Baker.
The images explore the themes of invisibility and judgement that some women feel after giving birth, particularly in relation to breastfeeding in public and extended breastfeeding of older children. Inspired by Magritte’s painting The Lovers, whose own mother committed suicide, the series also touches on the subject of post-partum depression and the lack of public resources available.
‘This Is Motherhood’ is an ongoing project. Alex plans to develop the series with further portraits of mothers feeding their children of a variety of ages. One of the images will be shown as part of the Spilt Milk exhibition in Edinburgh, Scotland in September 2019. The collection of images plus quotes form the women photographed can be found on the instagram account www.instagram.com/_thisismotherhood.
Pinhole photography means that due to the long exposure times I can take pictures and still be preset in the moment – I have time to look around and watch my surroundings, spin some yarn and small stories, talk to people – and a lot of people are very interested when you stand around somewhere with a little wooden box ;-). I love that even with a lot of experience you will not know exactly if you captured the scene as you imagined or not until you have developed the film – very contrary to digital photography there’s a bit of mystery in it. As I am interested in emotions and tend a bit to melancholic moods this way of working and the resulting pictures seem to fit best for me.
“Pretty didn’t do it justice. I felt like we’d sailed into a world meant for much larger beings, a place where gods and monsters roamed freely.”- Rick Riordna, The Ship of the Dead
Norway was on our bucket list for a very long time. Finally last summer we took off from Belgrade and soon after found ourselves in the capital of Norway, Oslo.
This was our first visiting in the Viking’s land and as quoted above, it indeed seemed like something completely different. It felt larger, quiter, peaceful and beautiful.
I truly believe that humans are connected to places and once they find such place they feel at peace. Norway is definitely my place, where I connected instantly and could let my mind explore and enjoy the beauty of its vast landscapes.
All images shot on iPhone 7+
Title: Faces of the East
This series is taken in Thailand and Cambodia.
My challenge was to see how well iPhone can perform in various conditions on the streets, taking portraits of random people and food.
Asia is all about food! All this, creates endless flow of possibilities to create great portraits.
All images shot on iPhone 7+
Rajmonda Avignon Zajmi is a French-Albanian artist and activist who produces a multi-faceted array of creative work including paintings, installations, eco-fashion art and educational/awareness projects.
Involved in her community to improve the environmental situation as she sees as a fundamental human right, she supports freedom of expression through art and creativity. Rajmonda’s art is provocative, involving, fun and educational. One of her major installations can be seen in Bunk’Art 2, the famous Museum in Tirana, Albania. There, one can witness a unique experience: “the Monster of Dictatorship”. This masterpiece, almost 2 meters tall, is built from historical parts from the old regime, each with its own ‘memory’. It also warns us against the new monsters of our century.
As an original creator and designer, she blends artwork and educational training. Her work seeks to raise awareness – such as the Eco-Fashion Show in Tirana, since 2013 – and calls for environmental protection, a circular economy and climate action. These efforts especially engage the Youth.
Over the last years Rajmonda has worked with students to express their concerns about the planet through collaborative art projects, with support from several international institutions such as the United Nations Development Programme.
Rajmonda has travelled and lived in many countries and cultures. In Africa she worked with multi-sectorial projects on child protection, HIV/AIDS and Malaria prevention.
As a designer, Rajmonda uses creativity to catch the audience’s interest and use it as a tool to provoke critical thinking as a different way of learning and to seek creative solutions. Rajmonda turns waste into colourful and attractive wearable art. She shows us that waste has a value. Waste can be reused and transformed rather than being cast aside to pollute our shared nature.
She proposes the “WasteLand project” to pass on simple messages to all of us: ‘waste is not to be wasted’, ‘our land and our nature is not to be wasted’, ‘we can do better by seeing that waste today is opportunity tomorrow’.
Rajmonda has a MBA in Law, Economy, Management with a specialization in the Administration and Management of Enterprises. She currently lives in Belgrade, Serbia.
Follow her on Instagram @ : rajzaj_art_design on FB @ : Eco Alternative Arts or contact her directly @ [email protected]
Meggan Joy is a self-taught photographic artist primarily focused on digital collage. Joy combines fragments of the natural sciences with her narratives and allegories; often weaving in symbols and motifs from art history to create a new surreal vision.
She fabircates this staged imagery from the ground up, growing most of her subject matter in her garden, documenting the growth, beauty, and decay. Eacy piece is created by assembling thousands of individual photographs of botanicals, insects, and other wild life – resultin gin a fianl image that is bursting with life and layered with hidden details and anedcotes.
Breaking Point (2019) is one of the images released under the “Earthly Delights” series, a depiction of my last few weeks of intense grief after my brother passed away before healing propelled me to the next stage of acceptance.
I view my floral subjects as my version of ghosts, made of organic material long since gone, but held in time forever together due to the medium of photography. I photograph each image in the collage, and the subject matter is often grown in my gardn. I collage thousands of images each summer and spend my winters collaging and making the props found throughout the artwork.
For this installation the artwork is arranged in a different view to accommodate the unique space.
filho de fotógrafo, aprendeu com seu pai tecnicas de fotografia e revelação analogica, tem trabalhos em revistas como playboy, vogue, fort magazine, etc. usa diferentes tecnicas em suas composições.
Sílvia Vieira, Tânia Dessa, Catarina Dessa Together, we share the same passion – Photography.
SilverLab emerges as a physical space for meeting and sharing our ideas, projects and creativity, mainly related to photography and its alternative processes.
Inspired by nature, ‘Fotossensível’ consists in a set of photographic moments printed through one of our favourite handcrafted processes – Cyanotype. FOTOSSENSÍVEL “The eyes make up the image, A mechanical process, takes a moment, Chemical absorv heat, rays, Ultra-Violet, To emanate, from the skin, What has already been seen…”
“A Estrutura do Douro” é um projecto que surgiu, primeiro inspirado no primeiro filme documentário mudo de Manoel de Oliveira, Douro, Faina Fluvial (feito já na época do sonoro em Portugal), sobre a faina da zona do Douro e o curso do rio. Depois pela paixão pela região e interesse pela sua história.
Pretende documentar por imagens, mais do que a beleza natural, mas a história do próprio Douro, a sua estrutura e a evolução sentida ao longo dos tempos, com a era da mecanização e do turismo.
ALL THE SELF-PORTRAITS I HAVEN’T YET TAKEN
All the self-portraits I haven’t yet taken is a photographic series of self- portraits, in which the author, Eduardo Brito, incarnates many personas.
The word persona has its origin (from latin) in the word mask, which corresponds to the social role or identity of an individual.
If masks, in their several forms, colors or representations, produce an existential intention, or a distinct social rold, in this visual essay, we can observe the scrupulous construction of each persona, from its pose or attire, to the mask which hides and, at the same time, recreates the face of the author himself.
In front of our eyes, in each image, the narrative of each persona manifests inself through the combination of different visual elements and aesthetic references.
Eduardo Brito´s imagetic experimentation constitutes a challenge to himself to dwell, for a moment, in the body of another which, as a paradox, seems to be even more his own (creation).
Words and curatorial work by Rossana Mendes Fonseca.
Barbiturate is a drug that acts on the central nervous system. Depending on its toxicity, it is possible to reach a state in which the body feels no pain and there is no conscious reaction to external stimuli.
in this state the body and mind separate, creating a duality between the real and the dream.
If the still body remains in the real world, dreams are the doorway between consciousness and unconsciousness.
This project sought to reflect on the separation between the body and the mind that the Barbiturate can cause, resorting to some elements of surrealism that represent this duality.
A dança: a poesia do movimento, o efémero do momento, a magia dos corpos.
Efémero. Um instante.
Desejar ser possível torná-lo eterno, (re)visitá-lo, prendê-lo numa imagem para que trouxesse à lembrança o desassossego sentido.
Aquela que traz em si a energia e a fluidez dos movimentos, que tecnicamente nos transporta inconscientemente para o meio do bailado.
O desfoque e a distorção, construídos pelas velocidades baixas, transmitindo a essência do instante com corpos fantasmagóricas ou desvanecidas.
A transmissão da subtil vertigem do movimento, do sentir dos corpos a dançar.
5000 282 é o resultado de uma experiência emocional sobre uma viagem ao que é a família.
As suas imagens, em contexto, olham para uma pequena parte sobre o que é família e o seu significado.
É um trabalho de certa forma doloroso porque mostra, em imagens, a intimidade do fotógrafo, nunca antes partilhada nesta dimensão.