I'm Still Here is an exhibition organised by The Koestler Trust of art by ex-offenders, secure patients and detainees curated by prisoner's families and includes especially produced works by Edgar Martins, following his recent series What Photography has in Common with an Empty - a project developed with GRAIN Projects, HMP Birmingham and its inmates and families.
In 2016 GRAIN Projects commissioned artist Edgar Martins to respond to Winson Green in Birmingham and the site and community of HM Prison Birmingham. Martins is creating a significant, multifaceted body of work developed from a collaboration with the prisoners and their families, as well as a myriad of other local organisations and individuals. Using the social context of incarceration as a starting point, Martins’ work explores the philosophical concept of absence, and addresses a broader consideration of the status of the photograph when questions of visibility, ethics, aesthetics and documentation intersect.
The works Martins presents in I’m Still Here are directly inspired and informed by his personal project, but were specially produced for this context at the invitation of the Koestler Trust. The artist was asked to engage and respond to the experiences of the five families that curated this year's exhibition.
A book of this work will be published by The Moth House in March 2019.
WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY HAS IN COMMON WITH AN EMPTY VASE WINS ONE OF THE TOP PRIZES AT LENS CULTURE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
THE POETIC IMPOSSIBILITY TO MANAGE THE INFINITE AT CAFA ART MUSEUM, BEIJING
8 Huajiadi S St
28 SEPT 2018
The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite is included in the 2nd Beijing Media Art Biennale (BMAB) @ CAFA Art Museum, Beijing.
DESTINERRANCE AT PURDY HICKS GALLERY, LONDON
25 Thurloe St
12 OCT - 10 NOV 2018
PENDULUM: MOVING GOODS, MOVING PEOPLE. IMAGES FROM THE MAST FOUNDATION'S COLLECTION, MAST, BOLOGNA
Via Speranza 42
OCT 18 2018 - JAN 2019
CIVILIZATION: THE WAY WE LIVE NOW, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART, SEOUL
OCT 18 2018 - FEB 17 2019
SYMPOSIUM: WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY HAS IN COMMON WITH AN EMPTY VASE, BIRMINGHAM
(Event developed in partnership with Grain Projects, Birmingham City University and support by The Arts Council England. Date and location to be announced soon.)
DESTINERRANCE AT 3 SHADOWS PHOTOGRAPHY ART CENTRE, BEIJING
MAY - JUL 2019
(Exhibition sponsored by CAEG and Fundação Oriente.)
. Photography and the Contemporary Cultural Condition - Commemorating the Present, Peter D. Osborne, Routledge/Taylor and Franics, UK, 25.06.2018, ISBN: 9780415736251
. Civilization; The Way we Live now, William A. Ewing, Thames & Hudson, UK, 06.11.2018, ISBN: 9780500021705
. The Word is Art, Michael Petry, Thames & Hudson, UK, 09.11.2018, ISBN: 9780500239667
. What Photography has in Common with an Empty vase, The Moth House, UK, 01.03.2019, ISBN: 9780956908544