Agata Cardoso

My name is Agata Cardoso and I am a passionate maker of the photographic image. Using traditional practice, a black and white roll of film and my Bronica medium format camera, have been my permanent companions for the last seven years. Together they allow me to express myself through the medium of lens based art. My subject matter focuses primarily on the body and its different states; the damaged body, the unusual, the unacceptable, the strange and the alluring; in conjunction with my dreams and nightmares, my work is of a distressed darkness. My aim is to challenge these ideas and push the boundaries of the photographic medium. There are three different stages to my practice, where there is an opportunity to express myself; where the unconscious internal self can develop freely my ideas. The concept which is usually constructed weeks before through careful planning, the process of the latent image, and the final print production. It is the post-production of the initial concept that I prefer working on the most, the development and printing, the wet processes. It is during these stages, that you could say, that I create illusions with the film and with playing with the emulsion I am constantly researching the way in which the image behaves during the phase of development. I distress my film using many different means. They become part of me, they are final pieces in themselves, but I continue to work on this 'distress'-in order to develop these techniques. This creates one-off artefacts ; unable to re-create what you have made, this is what makes this formula so interesting. I move away from perfection, of the technical image, the beautiful perfect body, of the perfect spotless print, away from the acceptable. please visit my website for more information and full listings of exhibitions and publications read full statement

Location London