Edgar Martins

Winning bodies of work

These images belong to a multifaceted body of work developed from a collaboration with Grain Projects as well as HM Prison Birmingham (UK) over a period of 3 years, as well as its inmates, their families and a myriad of other local organisations and individuals (charities, colleges, universities, youth groups, etc.) In this project I used the social context of incarceration as a starting point, to explore the philosophical concept of absence. The project articulates image and text, evidence and fiction, to scrutinise how we deal with the absence of a loved one, brought on by enforced separation. By giving a voice to inmates and their families and addressing prison as a set of social relations rather than a mere physical space, my work tried to rethink and counter the sort of imagery normally associated with incarceration, usually revolving around themes of violence, drugs, criminality, race.

What Photography and Incarceration Have in Common With an Empty Vase