Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015
07.11.2015 – 20.03.2016
Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Lay of the Land: New Photography from Africa
The Walther Collection Project Space, New York
September 10, 2015 – January 16, 2016
For Found Not Taken, Chagas walked through the streets of Luanda, London and Newport, collecting discarded objects and moving them, at times slightly and in other instances significantly, before photographing them. Taken out of their context and photographed in relation to a carefully chosen background, the mundane items are turned into abstract icons that animate the city. What might seem at first glance a symbol of a society characterized by waste and instant obsolescence is also a reflection on the fact that what is perceived as real is actually a construct. A selection from the series represented Angola at the 55th Venice Biennale, winning the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.
Edson Chagas (*1977) lives and works in Luanda, Angola. He studied photography and audio at the Centro Comunitário de Arcena in Portugal in 1999; photography at the Escola Técnica de Imagem e Comunicação in Portugal in 2002; photojournalism at London College of Communication (LCC) in 2007 and documentary photography at the University of Newport, Wales, in 2008. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Brescia, Italy (2013) and Memorial Agostinho Neto, Luanda (2013) and Instituto Camões - Centro Cultural Português, Luanda (2014); Belfast Exposed Photography, Belfast, UK (2014). Group exhibitions include Transit, OCA, São Paulo (2013); and The 2nd Luanda Triennial, Angola (2010); Shifting Africa - What the Future Holds at Mediations Biennale (2014); Journal, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2014); Here Africa, Château de Penthes, Geneva-Pregny, Switzerland (2014); The Divine Comedy, MMK, Frankfurt, travelling to other venues (2014).
Authors: Ana Balona de Oliveira
Artists: Edson Chagas
Designed by Gabrielle Guy
27 x 26 cm
46 color ills.