Beyond, of all the production that I have been doing since 2010, around the idea of archiving, there remains a side project called Archive Draftsthat usesimages from my photo archive, and texts from my academic research on this subject. These images have an experimental and wandering configuration: they can make the viewer doubt about their artistic condition, besides the possibility of showing a transit between the visible and the sayable.
In this set, I apply to all the photographs an archival indexing system based on words and texts used in this academic research, around the concepts of archive, memory, photography, image, etc. Most of the quotations now serve to replace the number that is usually used in the digital image file and that precedes the image compression acronym.
This indexing is intentionally omitting the context, place and time that usually come with the photographs in archives, family photo albums, even in computer folders, and echoes Aby Warburg's "Bilder Atlas" (1866-1929) and the its "law of good neighbour".
José Maçãs de Carvalho, Coimbra, 2018
After obtaining a first degree in Modern Languages and Literature (Coimbra University, Portugal), he completed a postgraduate course in Management of the Arts (Institute of European Studies in Macau, 1998) in Macau where he taught and lived from 1994 to 1999. He obtained a Phd in Contemporary Art at Colégio das Artes, University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 2014. He teaches at the University of Coimbra, in the Architecture Department and Colégio das Artes (vice dean).
Between 2011 and 2017 set up several exhibitions as a practical project for his doctoral programme around the subject of archive and memory at CAV, Coimbra; Ateliers Concorde, Lisbon and Colégio das Artes, Coimbra; VPF gallery, Lisbon; The City Hall Photographic Archive, Lisbon, VF Xira Photo Bienal, Museu do Chiado and MAAT, Lisbon and a book, “Unpacking: a desire for the archive”, was published by StolenBooks. In 2015, a book of photographs, “Partir por todos os dias”, was published by Editora Amieira. In 2016 his photographic work about Oporto university campus was published on a book called “Asprela” by Scopio Editions and Oporto Polytechnic Institute. In 2017 the book “Archive and Interval” was published by Stolen Books, Colégio das Artes/University of Coimbra and MAAT, with texts by Pedro Pousada, José Bragança de Miranda, Adelaide Ginga e Ana Rito (portuguese art critics and University teachers).