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2004 - 2019. Digital photographic prints on cotton paper, from 35mm negatives (Ed. 8 + 1 A.P.)

62 x 95 cm (image)
90 x 120 cm (paper / with black passe-partout)
Limited edition of 8 + 1 AP
About the artist

 Brazilian visual artist Patricia Borges works mainly with photography and often adopts a multidisciplinary approach by presenting images together with texts and three-dimensional objects. Her images explore the details and fragments that mark the passage of time in the natural and built worlds. Starting in 2019 Patricia Borges’ main research focuses on camera-less photography. Her works on paper explore and update the historical process of cyanotype. The images result from a series of unpredictabilities from UV light exposure, pigmentation through chemical reactions and physical procedures with the material she uses to push the boundaries of the medium. Graduated in architecture, photography, cinematography and screenplay. Awarded at the biennials of Florence and Rome. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions around the world and it is part of major private collections. Recent exhibitions include Le 228e Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais - Paris (2018), Tokyo Art Fair - Japan (2018), Luxembourg Art Fair (2019), Photo Israel - Tel Aviv (2019), Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition - Edinburgh (2019). In 2020, her works were selected for Photo Milano, Festival de Copenhagen Photo Festival and Artexpo NY (by the New York Center for Photographic Art).

About the series

Guanabara project was conceived as timeless photographs inspired by Claude Levi-Strauss' book Tristes Tropiques, first published in 1955. 

The images produced on 35mm b&w negatives borrow the elegiac and poetical tone of the text, which displaces the observer with the ambivalence of a modern anthropologist engaged as a human participant in a "shrinking world". 

As we approach the city by sea, we face the same landscape seen by the first navigator who arrived in Rio de Janeiro 500 years ago. 

Natural relief that ignores the spatial arrangement of the contemporary city, obscuring its existence and rendering harmless its civilisation seen from a distance. Now and then.