All the sites is a theoretical and empirical reflection exercise on the conditions of the contemporary landscape photographic representation. From photographs taken in the city of Braga between 2018 and 2019, the thesis proposes the construction of an allegorical and cognitive map of certain conditions of the contemporary landscape. In turn, the written argument seeks to inform the photographs with a process of intersection the different visual paradigms that substantiate them and with an archeology of the historical and historiographic processes that sustain those paradigms. Assuming a dialectical and materialistic posture in relation to the Landscape, the photographs taken are presented with a critical discourse and, therefore, as part of the cultural process of construction of Landscape. This diverges from a more conventional view of Landscape: one that places in its recognition some misunderstandings and prejudices, namely those that relate it to the sublime, the vast or the distant, but also to an alleged transcendental value of Nature. As of all the sites, the idea of Landscape is built by visual fragments that drift from a posture of physical proximity and material precision in contact with places. Therefore, photographs have the dual function of documents and artistic representations, serving the purpose of developing themselves from within the subjects of Landscape, allowing the contact between aspects of the real world and the representable world, in their different dimensions: physical, mental and social.
|Date of Award||3 Dec 2021|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Paulo Catrica (Supervisor) & Carlos Lobo (Co-Supervisor)|