Manuela Marques’s career is one of the most singular and international of Portuguese photography. For the first time, she will present in Portugal an exhibition that brings together several of her recent works, part of a triptych that includes presentations at MuMa, Havre, France (4 March 2022) and Domaine de Kerguéhennec (19 March 2022), Brittany, France. This exhibition is part of the 2022 Portugal-France season.
The aim of ‘Echoes of Nature’ is the presentation of the photographic work of Manuela Marques through three autonomous but dialogic and concerted exhibitions, producing an overview of some of the most important aspects of her work.
The work of Manuela Marques has been characterised, in recent years, by a production based on observation and thinking about landscape and the natural environment in all its forms, establishing a dialogue between scientific, perceptual and aesthetic discourses. The geographical locations for this study have been France, continental Portugal and the Azores archipelago, from which she has constructed a visual lexicon that constitutes an archaeological approach to the history of photography, a phenomenological digression on the artistic concept of landscape and an alignment with the idea of expanding media to the field of life.
Possessing a notable technique and aesthetic rigour in the composition and production of her images, Manuela Marques deals with the experimental matter of photography, its original duality, between a vibrant reality and a veristic idealism, a Cartesian conception of the world and a sublime, transcendental and romantic last gaze, and even the artistic mimesis of place and the imitation of nature by art. The observation of landscape in ‘Echoes of Nature’ is also an encounter between natural operating processes and the technical nature of the image.
The full set of works presented in this triptych of exhibitions is, ultimately, a lengthy and meticulous observation about the nature of light and ephemerality in the temporal and metaphoric sense, from expressions of nature to the photographic illusion of capturing time.
A trilingual catalogue (in Portuguese, French and English) will be published by Éditions Loco, Paris.
Manuela Marques was born in Portugal. She lives and works in Lisbon.She is represented by Galeria Fonseca Macedo in the Azores, Galerie Anne Barrault, in Paris, and Galeria Vermelho, in São Paulo.
She has exhibited her photography and video work regularly in various institutions both in France and internationally. She recently presented solo exhibitions at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Le Cellier, Reims, France (2017); the Museum of Art and Archaeology of Aurillac, France, and the Coimbra Visual Arts Circuit, Portugal (2016); Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France; Centre Régional de la Photographie du Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris (2014).
In 2011, following an exhibition where she combined photography and video installation at the Museu Coleção Berardo, in Lisbon, she was awarded the BES Photo Prize. That same year, her work was presented at Estação Pinacoteca, in São Paulo. In 2019 she carried out exhibitions at the Lodève Museum (France), La-Roche-sur-Yon (France), Arquipélago Contemporary Arts Centre (Azores) and Centre D’Art-Domaine de Kerguéhennec (France).
She is represented in various public and private collections in Portugal and abroad.
Opening: 7 October 2022 – 7pm
Exhibition dates: 8 October 2022 – 29 January 2023
Multipurpose Room, Floor 1 and Furnace Room
Part of the programme of the 2022 Portugal-France season