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Black Chalk and White Charcoal or the Myth of the Absent Matter
White Charcoal, 2016 © Sofia Borges

Sofia Borges »

Black Chalk and White Charcoal or the Myth of the Absent Matter

Exhibition: 2 Dec 2016 – 19 Feb 2017

Thu 15 Dec 17:30

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam

+31 (0)20-5516500


www.foam.org

Sat-Wed 10-18 . Thu, Fri 10-21

Black Chalk and White Charcoal or the Myth of the Absent Matter
The Original Myth, 2016 © Sofia Borges

Sofia Borges
Black Chalk and White Charcoal or the Myth of the Absent Matter

2 December 2016 – 22 January 2017
(official opening 15 December, preview possible in week of 2 December)

Black Chalk and White Charcoal or the Myth of the Absent Matter is an exhibition of the monumental and mysterious work of Brazilian Sofia Borges (b. Ribeirão Preto, 1984).
In her own intuitive manner, Borges photographs paintings, drawings, sculptures, maps, fossils, stuffed animals and dioramas, all of which are models of reality that we use as ways of trying to get a grip on the world around us and, by doing so, to give it meaning.

Borges photographs details and carefully selects the angles from which she makes her photographs. The objects portrayed are freed from their specific meaning, so that they stand by themselves. As a result these are not documentary records but part of a poetic, surreal and somewhat gloomy whole. Myths, fabulous creatures and philosophical questions about representation, mimicry and imitation play a major part in her work.

Led by her interest in capturing objects by taking photographs of them, and photography’s claim to truth, Borges investigates intuitively what representation is and what a photograph can be. She strives to show that even photography, a medium bound up with reality by definition, can let go of reality, as happens in painting or sculpture. One way in which she does this is by photographing objects along with their mirror image. She also duplicates existing photos by photographing them again, creating new work that builds on work that already exists.

Black Chalk and White Charcoal or the Myth of the Absent Matter invites us to think about how close we can come to history, to what is portrayed in a photograph, and therefore to the reality that came before that photograph. Borges tries to capture time and the connection between past and present by means of photography, and in doing so she poses the question of just what reality is.

Black Chalk and White Charcoal or the Myth of the Absent Matter
Black Chalk, 2016 © Sofia Borges

Sofia Borges studied Visual Arts at the Universidade de São Paulo. With The Swamp, published last spring, she won the MACK First Book Award. In it, she compares the investigation from which her work flows to wandering through deep marshland. She has had various solo exhibitions in Brazil.

Foam 3h is a project space where young artists and photographers are invited by Foam’s curators to present their first solo museum exhibition. They are challenged to experiment, surprise and push the limits of photography.

Opening: The festive opening of Black Chalk and White Charcoal or the Myth of the Absent Matter, by Sofia Borges, is on Thursday 15 December from 5.30 pm onwards, in the presence of the artist.

This exhibition is made possible with support of the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund, the Van Bijlevelt Foundation and Kleurgamma.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, the City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.