“Nao se ouve um ai”

Today. In these days beyond time, in the pain that won’t pass, in this mantle of silence, To those that have gone, that have left us grieving, unable to pay last homage with a last embrace, the last kiss. They left on their own. leaving us searching for comfort for this time, in prayer, exorcism, […]

Of the nature of things

Of the nature of things “A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”  [Diane Arbus] In this sequence of images realised by Valter Vinagre, between 1999 e 2003, the photographer has captured an object which remits us to an idea of intimacy – a mattress – […]

The voice in the head

The voice in the head is a photographic essay by Valter Vinagre. The work was done in Vila Nova da Barquinha in 2015, during the first artistic residency organized by the Center for Contemporary Art Studies (CEAC ) and the municipality of Vila Nova da Barquinha.

Posto de trabalho

Work Station

The photographs that I present in this series “Work Station” don’t show people, but it is of people that they speak. We have here ephemeral constructions and spaces that shelter and hide underground labour activity.

Barra das Almas

“As we peruse this series of photographs, “Barra das Almas” by Valter Vinagre, we know instinctively that, despite their recent date, they hark back to a time that is not our own – a pre-modern age, when lives were not yet governed by machines and when the hours and days were regulated by ancient calendars. There are no mature men and women in these pictures – only an elderly couple, and a child, adorned with fruit like a young pagan god reopening the cycle of life, which, we guess, is soon to close. “

Look

How do you photograph silence? How do you photograph what is invisible or veiled? This is a problem since photography exists – indeed, since image exists. Whether because concepts, rather than tangible realities, are at stake, or because such realities are totally hidden from the eye of the camera. Domestic violence, understood as a broad […]

Humus

Húmus, by Valter Vinagre (Avelãs de Caminho, 1954), is a retrospective look at the whole of his work spanning the period between 1988 and 2009. This journey through his several different books and photographic series includes approximately seventy printed works in different formats. The guiding thread of this exhibition is a fragmented exploration of some […]

PARA

Portugal, 2003. Valter Vinagre’s photographs for the séries PARA do not show people, but clearly speak of them. They do so surreptitiously – as surreptitiously as the phenomenon they describe, this is a doleful homage to people that disappeared from the world of the living in a split second- perhaps because the road surfasse was […]