João Mariano is a local photographer, and he’s pretty good. João is also fan of the little-known semi-Buddhist film Smoke, in which Harvey Keitel plays a Brooklyn cigar shop owner named Auggie who takes photos of the same street corner outside his shop at eight in the morning every single day. When Auggie shows his stuff to his customers, they just don’t understand…
But João understands. So much so that the film inspired João’s latest project and solo exhibit — Trezentos e Sessenta e Seis (“three hundred and sixty-six”) — going up at Ar.Co.
Here’s how João describes it:
“It is a project that aims to reflect on the infinite mutations of the landscape. A project on cycles. Cycles that tend to look identical and that can even be visually approached, be similar, but never equal.
It is also an exercise on the unrepeatability of the act of photographing. About ephemerality. It is a work that also calls for reflection on the passage of time (physical time, observational time, our time, the time of nature’s cycles?), on the infinite differentiation and the triggering of landscape changes caused by the elements.
This work was carried out between January and December 31st of a leap year. The images were captured over three hundred and sixty-six days, always from the same point of view, between eight and nine in the morning.
It is also a tribute to all the ‘Auggies’ of our times.”
Opening and inauguration:
Thursday, March 12th at 18h.
Mon- Fri: 10h-21h.
Contacts: +351 218 801 010, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arco.pt.
Show up until March 28th.
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