SAY NOTHING

Nothing can be seen. No, nothing.

The white of the night is tarnished and you need to take a few steps into the picture to grow used to it.

André should be pleased, he made the picture.

What is it, making the picture? It must be something like this, when you succeeded in picturing a tree backing onto a wall which resembles everything except the picture of a tree backing onto a wall. When the picture unveils something that is not known.

This tree, André captured it like a criminal, and so the tree is now full of presence and history.

André can count his blessings: he made the picture (and me, the picture of a happy André fills me with pleasure: because there are no unhappier photographs than these ones. Here everything is festering with frustration, unacceptance, the refusal of anything as it is, opposition.)

——
Then there’s this black cable, winding its way leisurely along this white gravel, this plastered ground. And this cable winds its way with a great deal of muted criminality. Here are the characters from Nothing: crawling creatures, likely villains, these cables that can also be used to tether, bleed, whip, stifle, strike fear. Cables and gravel, chairs and ceilings, a plant on a chest of drawers, a bedside rug, objects that are witnesses to crimes that no-one seems to have noticed. Crimes that have slipped through the net.

This world would fit into a handkerchief. Nevertheless, you feel it is at once terrifying, dangerous, harmful and above all brittle. This evil world could turn into dust on the spot, instantly, under our very eyes, pulverise itself, and we would not be surprised. This is a world that knows it’s doomed, that is playing its final hand.

——
A harmful book, Nothing. A dangerous book. Crimes for shabby model homes, gone to waste – always this old relationship between the seedy and the unfinished, the abandoned.

And André looks on these crimes without ever intending to judge them, without intending to disrupt their original turmoil, without trying to abate their violence; on the contrary, he makes the picture to try and extricate everything from it at once: to distil its juice, its flavour and strength, its essence and molecule.

André never seeks to give this bizarre cosmos a centre or a burgeoning order. His eyes never see a chronology or a hierarchy in things. A cable, a wall, a tree, a plant, a bedside rug: it’s all the same. All of it would equal a human being should one make an appearance. For the moment, there’s no-one.

——
Someone will eventually appear, but it’s already a little late.

There’s nothing more beautiful in photography, I think, than a character – how it arrives, how it disappears, what it gives us of itself and will never own. Ontem, André’s previous book, was full of characters – people even, it should be said. Here, there’s only her: the faceless woman.

By the time she arrives, she is nothing. She is naked, vulnerable, faceless, tied up. I think that at some point she decided to take the stance of a woman who gave herself completely up to pleasure. She demands a metamorphosis. The first she appears, she is no more than a spine. Then she will turn into a creased, relaxed stomach. Or a hard, yet tired nipple. She will be that lock of hair behind her ear, independent of the face it has just framed. She will be this astounded, crucified face. She will be this gaping, worn-out cat. She will be in tatters.

I know André sees the world as separate parts. That in Nothing, all the parts vie for their bit of space. Each piece fights for a place. It’s war. It’s a silent war.

Each one fights for its place: the hook on the wall claims its share. The wall competes with the woman: it craves to be barer than her.

I myself suddenly feel very lonely.

For all that, Nothing is not a completely hostile book. I can see it warming up as it progresses, I see her body taking the postures that come after pleasure. Nothing sets around her a perfume of silence. The ceiling in the house becomes a galaxy and I can glimpse a kind of budding solace in the sex offered to me in the pain and the confusion. It’s a peaceful, comforted, muted body at last.

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Nothing is silent, secret. Dusty. André restored to this faceless woman’s skin its chalky texture, as brittle as the plaster on a wall. Nothing contains layers of secrets. Each photo builds a stratum. What André realised from Burroughs is that it takes a ritual, a device, a protocol to glimpse this piece of dead meat hanging from the tine of a fork.

Nothing is the baring, not just of this body and this ritual. In this encounter with photography, masochism, nudity, the cold, everything is ransacked, reduced to very little, dissociated, boiled down to its bare essentials. If our bodies resemble a model home under construction which a general failure left unfinished, all the better. If the worst does its job, all the better. Because at the end it is Nothing that we face. And the knowledge about this Nothing is immense. It rests on the zero and the infinite, on sex and death.

All this drawn in chalk, reduced to dust.

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Nothing stares me in the eye. It stares at the void within me. It scrutinises me. The acute concentration now directed at me has reversed the relationship: it’s my turn to not be much of anything. It’s my turn to be an object, a piece of furniture, a wall panel, a speck of dust, of plaster and gravel on an empty ground. It’s my turn to be a bit of dead meat hanging from the tine of her fork. It’s my turn to stand still in a puddle of silence around other puddles of silence. It’s my turn to be nothing or so little. It’s my turn to become a thing.

Before there was nothing. After there’s no certainty that anything else remains.

Phillippe Azoury 

Text by Phillippe Azoury for the book,Rien, 2014.
Edição Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães.

Since 2005, I have been working on several projects in which the working space is the Portuguese contemporary landscape, particularly the city of Porto. I work with what I find on the streets, with the people I come across. It is a daily and ongoing process that is often related to our own evolution and the way we experience places. I have chosen the large format camera 4x5 inch because, apart from the precision and technical accuracy, it requires a slow working process. This method is determinant to a long and attentive observation, which allows me to connect and relate with the object or landscape I wish to photograph.

I am always trying to build new ways of looking at reality and the space that is presented to me. Essentially, I search for spaces and moments that have been forgotten or rejected, where there is a certain suspension. Those things that belong to us, that we are used to look at. My interest lies in the sense that I am obliged to create an image and relate to its space, trying to forget its history and original reception contexts. With my only focus on light, space and time, I feel more freedom to create new contexts for the images, as if this almost sculptural treatment would render a dignity apparently forgotten or neglected. And so, these images become moments that propitiate a wider reflection on the way we build our cultural, social and political identity.

I am especially interested in the present time, the big day-to-day issues, the universal time, the economic crisis, the instability and incertitude, moments that don’t belong to history, that are rejected, some kind of forgotten heroes. I speak about things that are common to all places and are easily found, but difficult to select and interpret. I have been giving special attention to the accuracy of the publication and the importance of an international distributor capable of transmitting the social, historical, political and aesthetic components that my projects hold, and therefore stating my artistic path, so that it is in fact a mark in my career and not merely a passing by experience.

I have been working with photography, exhibiting and publishing. The 16mm and super8 film have always made part of my experiences and are very important to the way I understand the space I define to work with. The field recording, radio and studio recordings, make part of my exhibition projects. 

 

“Obstruct things to the limit,

try to look at emptiness,

the void,

until I find myself in this space”

 

 

 

 

 

mail:

mail@andrecepeda.com

tel:

00351 934271708

Others:

Ate the moment André Cepeda is living in New York as an artist in Residence at the residencyunlimited

My last book published by Pierre Von Kleist Editions, can be ordered here

Depois, a solo exhibition at Chiado, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Curated by Sérgio Mah from 6 may until 25 september 2016. www.museuartecontemporanea.pt

 

 

André Cepeda was born in Coimbra, in 1976. He currently lives and works in Porto, Portugal. In 2012 he was artist in residence at the FAAP, São Paulo, as the recipient of a scholarship granted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Cepeda was shortlisted for the Paul Huf Award, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam (2011); Prémio BESPhoto, Lisbon (2010); and the EDP Foundation New Artists Prize, Lisbon (2007). He has been showing his work regularly, in Portugal and abroad, since 1999. He has since then made multiple artist residencies and received many commissions, among which stand out the 2010 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, EDP Foundation (2014) and the Fundação de Serralves (2014). In 2016 he was artist in residency at the Residency Unlimited, in Brooklyn NY, in the context of the partnership Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar/ EGEAC and Residency Unlimited, NY.

Among his many solo exhibitions stand out: Depois, MNAC – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon; Rien, Kasseler Fotoforum, Kassel, Germany, and Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal, 2014; Kanal, standard/deluxe, Lausanne, 2014; Explicação da Lâmpada, Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto, 2014; Rien, Museu do Neo Realismo, Vila Franca de Xira, 2013; Ontem, Gallery INVALIDEN, Berlin, Germany, 2012; Kanal, with Eduardo Matos, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, 2012, and standard/deluxe, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2011; Ontem, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium, 2010; BesPhoto 2010, Museu Berardo, CCB, Lisbon, 2010; River, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, 2009.

André Cepeda has exhibited his work in galleries, museums and art institutions in many different countries: Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, Iowa, USA; MARCO — Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain; Haus der Photographie, Hamburg, Germany; Kasseler Fotoforum, Kassel, Germany; Galerie INVALIDEN1, Berlin, Germany; standard/deluxe, Lausanne, Switzerland, The Mews - Projeto Espaço, London, UK; Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark; Wohnungsfrage — Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Museu Oscar Niemeyer, a Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro and MASP — Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil; Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Porto, Portugal; CGAC—Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia. Spain; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Le Bal, Paris, France.
His work is represented in multiple public and private collections.

 

André Cepeda founded Blues Photography Studio in 2005 in Oporto where he produces work for many photographers, instituitions and gallery’s, printing, scanning and photographing. www.blues.com.pt. And since 2008 he runs Inc. Livros e edições de autor, a bookshop specialized in artist books. www.inc-livros.pt. Since 2013 André Cepeda gives a one week workshop every year at the Photography School CEPV, Vevey, Switzerland.

 

André Cepeda is represented by Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art and Galeria Pedro Oliveira.

 

Grants/Residencies/Commissions:

2016 - ATELIER-MUSEU JÚLIO POMAR/ EGEAC E RESIDENCY UNLIMITED, NY
2014
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto: work commissioned for the exhibition The SAAL Process: Architecture and Participation, 1974-1976
European Photo Exhibition Award, EPEA02
Ordem dos Arquitectos, Lisbon
2013
Offline Residence (Xerem Associação Cultural), Lisbon
National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon
Artist-in-residence, Fundação EDP – Electricity Museum, Lisbon
2012
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
Artist-in-residence, FAAP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2011
Nominated for the Paul Huf Award, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Holland
Ordem dos Arquitectos, Lisbon
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
2010
Lisbon Architecture Triennal, Lisbon
BESPhoto Photography Prize, Lisbon
Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon
2009
Reitoria da Universidade do Porto, Porto
2007
EDP Prize – New Artists
IEFP, Ministério do trabalho, Testemunhos – Iniciativa Novas Oportunidades
2006
RAR Holding, Porto
2003/2004
Artist-in residence, António Henriques Galeria de Arte Contemporânea, Viseu
2002
Centro Nacional de Cultura, Lisbon
2001
Museu da Imagem, Encontros de Imagem, Braga
2000
Portuguese Center of Photography, Porto
1999/2000
Artist-in-residence, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium


Solo exhibitions:

 

2017

Rasgo, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, 2017

2016

At the eyes ground, Fridman Gallery, New York, 2016
Depois, MNAC – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon 
2015
Untitled, Old School, Lisbon a project by Susana Pomba
Rien, Kasseler Fotoforum, Kassel, Germany
2014
Rien, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimaraes
Kanal, Standard Delux, Lausanne, Switzerland
Rien, Câmara Escura, Torres Vedras
2013
Explicação da Lâmpada, Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto
Sob um sol recto, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon
2012
Rien, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon
Rien, Museu do Neo-Realismo, Vila Franca de Xira 
Ontem, Galery INVALIDEN1, Berlin, Germany
Canal, with Eduardo Matos, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium
2011
CAV-Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra
2010
O que o futuro foi, Mostra de Vídeo, Laboratório das Artes, Guimaraes 
Untitled, Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto
Ontem, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium 
BESPhoto Photography Prize, Museum Berardo, CCB, Lisbon
2009
River, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon; Galería AdHoc, Vigo, Spain
Untitled, The Mews – Project Space, London, UK
Project Room, Galeria Reflexus, Porto
2008
Sem título, Mad Woman in the Attic, Porto
Ontem, ZDB Gallery, Lisbon
2006
Stasis, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon
Provas de Trabalho, Projecto Apêndice, Porto
Moving#3, IN.TRANSIT, Edificio Artes em Partes, Porto
Moving#2, Galeria AdHoc, Vigo, Spain
Moving, Cinematic Art Gallery, Vila do Conde
Anacronia, KGaleria, Lisbon
2005
Anacronia, Museu de Imagem, Braga
Anacronia, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium
Jungle, Espaço Bartolomeu 5, Lisbon
2004
Viseu, António Henriques Galeria de Arte Contemporânea, Viseu
Closer, Galeria +Consigo, Coimbra
2003
Mapa de Intensidades, Oficina, Galeria Fernando Santos, Porto
2002
Anacronia, Gallerie Image, Aarhus, Denmark
Corpo, tempo, desejo e morte, Galeria Massa, Porto e Vulcão dos Capelinhos, Azores
2001
Pontes, lugares e antropologia, Silo-espaço cultural, Portuguese Center of Photography, Porto
2000
Anacronia, Encontros de Fotografia de Coimbra, Coimbra


Group exhibitions:
2015
Edita: secuencia/sentido, CGAC-Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
The New Social, European Photo Exhibition Award, House of Photography at Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
The SAAL Process: Architecture and Participation, 1974-1976, CCA – Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada (cur. Delfim Sardo and Susan Cotter)
International Fotobook Festival, Kassel, Germany
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris, France (cur. Miguel von Hafe Pérez)

2014
The SAAL Process: Architecture and Participation, 1974-1976, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (cur. Delfim Sardo and Susan Cotter)
The New Social, European Photo Exhibition Award, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris, France
Le Bal Books Week-end, Le Bal, Paris, France
The New Social, European Photo Exhibition Award, Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Lucca, Italy; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundatio 02, Paris, France
Nobel Peace Centre, Radhusplassen, Oslo, Sweden (cur. Sérgio Mah)
SUB 40’, Galeria Municipal Almeida Garrett, Porto
Brussels Unlimited - Collection Contretype, Espace Contretype, Brussels, Belgium
Revisitação, Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto
Roubaram a partitura, no vazio seguimos, Jardins Efémeros, Viseu (cur. Miguel von Hafe Pérez)
Lei de Ohm, Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon (cur. Filipa Valladares)
Muralhar: Artistas POrtugueses Contemporâneos, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (cur. Delfim Sardo)
The New Social, European Photo Exhibition Award, The Nobel Peace Center, Oslo
2013
Biennial of Photography MASP/Pirelli, MASP, São Paulo (cur. Ricardo Resende)
Visões do Desterro, Caixa Cultural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A Arca Invisível, National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon (cur. Delfim Sardo)
Noise, Pedras & Pêssegos, Porto
2012
Buildings and Remnants, Fábrica ASA, Guimaraes European Capital of Culture, Guimaraes (cur. Inês Moreira and Agneta Szylak)
Materiality, Alternativa 12, Wypsa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland (cur. Inês Moreira and Agneta Szylak)
New/Old Life, Galery Blanca Berlin, Madrid, Spain
2011
Wherever I Lay My Camera Down is Home, Photographic Festival in Rome, Rome, Italy (cur. Paul Wombel)
Ontem, Encontros de imagem de Braga
Arte Lusófona Contemporânea, Galeria Marta Traba – Fundação Memorial da América Latina, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Panis et Circensis, Centro de Artes de Sines, Sines (cur. Filipa Valladares)
Da outra margem do Atlântico – videoarte e fotografia portuguesa, Centro de Artes Helio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (cur. Paulo Reis and David Barro)
Private Lives, Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais
Da Cartografia do Poder aos Itinerários do Saber, Museu Nacional-Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias da Universidade de Coimbra
2010
Ré-collection, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium (cur. Jean-Louis Godefroid
Impresiones Y comentários – Fotografia Contemporánea Portuguesa, Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain (cur. João Fernandes)
2009
A iminência da queda, Galeria Diário de Notícias, Lisbon
Rescaldo e Ressonância, Reitoria da Universidade do Porto, Porto (cur. Inês Moreira)
Está a morrer e não quer ver, Espaço Campanhã, Porto (cur. José Maia)
2008
The Core of Industry – European Photography, Reggio Emilia 2008 – Musei Civici di Reggio Emilia, Spazio Gerra, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Testemunhos – Trajectos de Qualificação, Edifício da Alfândega, Porto (cur. Sérgio Mah)
Paraísos Indómitos, Marco Museu de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo, Spain (cur. Virginia Torrente)
Territoire, 6ª Biennale Internacional de Fotografia de Liége, Liége, Belgium 
Where are you from? Portuguese Contemporary Art, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, USA (cur. Lesley Wright)
2007
EDP Prize – New Artists, Central Eléctrica do Freixo, Porto
Antimonumentos, António Henriques Galeria de Arte contemporânea, Viseu (cur. Miguel von Hafe Pérez)
Deslocações: 4 perspectivas contemporâneas portuguesas, Comité Económico e Social Europeu, Brussels, Belgium (cur. Lúcia Marques)
PhotoLondon 2007, Galeria AdHoc, London, UK
Intro, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium
Bxl, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles à Paris, Paris, France
2006
Busca-Pólos, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimaraes and Pavilhão de Portugal, Coimbra
Residências I, Museu do Caramulo, Caramulo
Encontro de Arte Jovem, Bienal de Arte, Chaves
CO2, Miedzynarodowe Centrum Kultury, Krakow, Poland
2005
Colecção da Fundação PLMJ, Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra (cur. Miguel Amado)
Creators of European Photography, Photo Festival Union, Lodz, Poland
Desenhar Discurso: Digressões sobre uma urbanidade disruptiva, XIII Bienal de Cerveira, Vila Nova de Cerveira (cur. Miguel von Hafe Pérez)
2004
Re-produtores de sentido, Arte Sesc, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (cur. Miguel von Hafe Pérez)
E no princípio era a viagem, Bienal de Pontevedra, Pontevedra, Spain (cur. Miguel von Hafe Pérez)
2003
Et puis... voilá, António Henriques Galeria de Arte Contemporânea, Viseu
Colecção de Arte Contemporânea da Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Museu Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte                      Contemporânea, Badajoz, Spain
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
Salão Europeu de Jovens Criadores, Montrouge/Sant Cugat/Amarante
2002
Galeria Fernando Pradilla, Madrid
Pontes, lugares e antropologia, Cadeia da Relação, Portuguese Center of Photography, Oporto
2001
Memórias da Cidade, Encontros de Imagem, Braga
2000
Bruxelles Active, C02, Brussels, Belgium (cur. Jean-Louis Godefroid)
Bruxelles a l’infini, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium (cur. Jean-Louis Goderfroid)
 

Collections:

Fundação de Serralves – Museum of Contemporaray Art, Porto

CGAC – Centro Galego de Arte Contemporânea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

MNAC – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisboa

Colecção António Cachola, Elvas

Museu de Arte do rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium

Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, Iowa, USA

Instituto Camões, Foreign Affairs Ministery, Lisbon

National Photography Collection, Ministery of Culture, Porto

Encontros de Fotografia de Coimbra, Coimbra

Museu da Imagem/Encontros de Imagem, Braga

Culturgest-Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisbon

PLMJ Sociedade de Advogados, Lisbon

Museu do Caramulo, Caramulo

Câmara Municipal de Chaves, Chaves

Banco Espírito Santo, Lisbon

Ilídio Pinho Foundation, Oporto

Amorim Turismo, Troia

RAR Holding, Porto

ZdB Collection, Lisbon

Mica, Vigo, Spain

 

Books:

RDHK, self published, NY, 2016

Depois, MNAC/Pierre von Kleist Editions, Lisbon, 2016

Rua Stan Getz, Pierre von Kleist Editions, Lisbon, 2015

Rien – text book, CCVF, Guimarães, 2014

Whispering Light, self published, 2013

Kanal, Edition Contretype, Brussels, 2012

Rien, Pierre von Kleist Editions, Lisbon, 2012

Ontem, Cahier Blue, Brussels, 2010

River, self published, 2009

Anacronia, Edition Contretype, Brussels, 2005

 

Discography:

River, Lp, 50 copies

Kanal, Lp, 25 copies

Electricity, single, 150 copies

 

Filmography:

casal, 16mm, color, 1'25''

bandeiras, 16mm, color, 2’30’’

rien, 16mm, color, 3’15’’