Edgar Martins

Edgar Martins

London

About Edgar Martins

Edgar Martins was born in Évora but grew up in Macau. In 1996 he moved to the UK, where he completed a BA in Photography at the London College of Printing & Distributive Trades, as well as an MA in Photography and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (London).
His work is represented internationally in several high-profile collections, such as those of the V&A (London), the National Media Museum (Bradford, UK), RIBA (London), the Dallas Museum of Art (USA); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon), Fundação EDP (Lisbon), Fondation Carmignac (Paris), among others.
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.
Between 2002 and 2014 Martins published 7 separate monographs, which were also received with critical acclaim. These works were exhibited internationally at institutions such as PS1 MoMA (New York), MOPA (San Diego, USA), Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, USA), Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), Centro de Arte Modern de Bragança (Bragança, Portugal), Museu do Oriente (Lisbon), Centro Cultural Hélio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro), The New Art Gallery Walsall (Walsall, UK), PM Gallery & House (London), The Gallery of Photography (Dublin), Ffotogallery (Penarth, Wales), The Wolverhampton Art Gallery (Wolverhampton, UK), amongst others.
In 2010 the Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian (Paris) hosted Edgar Martins’ first retrospective exhibition.
In 2014 The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/Modern Art Centre hosted the official launch of The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, a project developed in partnership with The European Space Agency.
Edgar Martins was the recipient of the inaugural New York Photography Award (Fine Art category) in May 2008. In 2009 he was also awarded the prestigious BES Photo Prize (Portugal), as well as a SONY World Photography Award (Landscape category). In 2010 Edgar Martins was nominated for the Prix Pictet 2009 and awarded 1st prize in the Fine Art— Abstract category of the 2010 International Photography Awards.
Martins was selected to represent Macau (China) at the 54th Venice Biennale.

Education

Education:

The Royal College of Arts . London, England
MA Photography & Fine Art course completed

London College of Printing & Distributive Trades . London, England
BA (Hons) Photography & Social Sciences course completed

Events

2016

.Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death and Life @ Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, Jan-Mar 2016

.Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death and Life @ Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, May-June 2016

.Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death and Life @ Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon, June-September 2016

.Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death and Life @ Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon, Fall 2016


2015

.Launch of 0:00.00, a new book published by The Moth House

. The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Futility to Manage the Infinite, The Wolverhampton Art Gallery (Wolverhampton, UK), Feb-April 2016


2014

.The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Futility to Manage the Infinite, Sala da Cidade, Museu Municipal de Coimbra (an initiative by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Coimbra and The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) (Coimbra), Oct-Dec 2014

.The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Futility to Manage the Infinite, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian / Modern Art Centre (Lisbon), June - September 2014

Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions


2015


The Wayward Line, Chatêau Gruyères, part of the Alt+1000 Festival, Switzerland
The Poetic Futility to Manage the Infinite, The Wolverhampton Art Gallery (Wolverhampton, UK)
The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Futility to Manage the Infinite, Centro Cultural Paço Imperial (Rio de Janeiro)


2014
The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Futility to Manage the Infinite, Sala da Cidade, Museu Municipal de Coimbra (an initiative by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Coimbra and The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) (Coimbra)
The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Futility to Manage the Infinite, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian / Modern Art Centre (Lisbon)
The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Futility to Manage the Infinite, The Wapping Project Bankside (London)
The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Futility to Manage the Infinite, Galerie Melanie Rio (Nantes)


2013
The Time Machine (touring show), Galeria Fundação EDP (Porto, Portugal)
This is not a House (touring show), Gallery of Photography, Dublin (Ireland)
The Time Machine (touring show), Ffotogallery, Penarth (Wales)
The Time Machine, Photofusion (London)
The Time Machine (touring show), Pátio da Inquisição / Fundação Eugénio Almeida, Évora (Portugal)
Ruins, the logic of facts and the logic of fictions, Laura Marsiaj Arte Contemporânea (Rio de Janeiro)

2012
The Time Machine, Centre de Arte Contemporânea Graça Morais, Bragança (Portugal)
This is not a House (touring show), The Wapping Project Bankside, London (UK)
This is not a House (touring show), The Wapping Project, London (UK)
This is not a House, MouraMarsiaj Arte Contemporânea (S. Paulo)
The Time Machine, Melanie Rio Gallery



2011
The Time Machine, Yamamoto Gendai, Tokyo
The Time Machine, Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon
The Time Machine, The Wapping Project Bankside, London
A Metaphysical Survey of British Dwellings, Galerie Melanie Rio
This is not a House (touring show), The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall (UK)
This is not a House (touring show), Camera16, Milan


2010
This is not a House, The Photographers’ Gallery (PSG), London
A Metaphysical Survey of British Dwellings, HS Gallery, London
Reluctant Monoliths, The Photographer’s Gallery, London
The Wayward Line, Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris

2009
Topologies, Orient Foundation Museum, Lisbon
Reluctant Monoliths, Galerie Melanie Rio, Nantes, France
When Light Casts no Shadow, Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon
The Accidental Theorist, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles
When Light Casts no Shadow, Porta 33 , Madeira
When Light Casts no Shadow, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin

2008
When Light Casts no Shadow, Galerie Melanie Rio, Nantes, France Topologies, La Caja Negra, Madrid
Topologies, Laura Marsiaj, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Topologies, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles
2007
Aproximações, Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon
The Diminishing Present, BCA Gallery, Bedford, England
The Diminishing Present, Visual Arts Centre, Coimbra, Portugal
2006
The Diminishing Present, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York
The Diminishing Present, La Caja Negra, Madrid
The Rehearsal of Space, The Photographer’s Gallery (PSG), London
The Accidental Theorist, Galeria Graça Brandão, Oporto, Portugal
2005
The Diminishing Present, Photofusion, London
2004
The Rehearsal of Space, Macau Art Museum, Macau, China
Black Holes and Other Inconsistencies, Cadeia da Relação (Portuguese Centre of Photography), Oporto, Portugal



Selected Group Exhibitions

2015
Alt+1000 Festival, Switzerland
Everywhere is the same sky– A perspective on landscape from the collection of Norlinda and José Lima, Centro de Cultura Contemporânea de Castelo Branco, Portugal

2014
Da Cartografia do Poder aos Itinerários do Saber, Museu Afro-Brasilerio, S. Paulo
Grid Festival, Art’Otel, Amsterdam
Landscape, Galerie Melanie Rio, Nantes


2013
Landmark: Fields of Photography, Sommerset House, London
Heuristic Shinonome, Shinonome Photo Festival 2013, Tolot, Japan

2012
Intersections,Weizmann Istitute, Rehovot (Israel)
Square Up, Espozsizione di fotog