Virgilio Ferreira – Uncanny Places

10 September - 15 November 2015

A Solo Exhibition.  

Portuguese artist Virgilio Ferreira deals with the uncanny and intangible. His light-as-a-feather photography weaves in and out of focus, playing with perception and sight.

Looking to capture impressions that are vague or intangible, he includes notions of social and everyday life. Creatively exploring the analogue photographic process Ferreira attempts to deny any fixed reality or a the vision that is offered by the camera. Aesthetically, the images have many similarities with qualities of painting or drawing.

Deliberately using a process which is difficult to control he simultaneously articulates many tools and elements during the capture of the image. These include: experimenting with focus, or the lack of it, multiple layers, obstructions, appearances and disappearances, as well as liquid colours. He explores the representativity of the invisible and creates atmospheres with subjective impact on reception, challenging the nature of perception.

Ferreira states that “Feelings and perceptions are developing into a more fluid, less concrete state, made of blurred realities. It seems that there is a growing sense of doubt about how to live in this era of uncertainty.

“People fascinate me and what emanates from them, such as behaviours, emotional expressions and gestures, cultural codes and the spiritual quality of being. There are people that attract me and make me stop, regardless of photographing these individuals or not. In general I spend a lot of time watching the other and myself.”

Exhibition runs 10 September to 15 November 2015 / Thursday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

Champagne View: Sunday 12 September 2015 / 3 – 6 pm

Virgilio Ferreira