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
CV & Education
2012 - 'UNCOVERED' duo show with photographer and friend, Daniel Regan,secured funding from many sources and widely publicised,including posters on the london underground., Frameless Gallery, clarkenwell, London
2012 - 'Without walls', The Guardien HQ, Kings cross, London
2011 - part of VV collective,photographic works shows as slides as part of WOW international women's day, southbank centre, london
2011 - 'voices behind the fence' screening of two of my collaborative films, the horse gallery, russell sq, London
2009 - 'Pieces of me' exhibiting new photographic and sculptural work, Red Gate Gallery, London
2008 - 'All this time' exhibiting new photographic work, The Crypt at st.Pancras church, London
2008 - 'Baby can you hear me' group show celebrating International woman's day, Novas Gallery, London
2008 - 'Renaissance' competition winners exhibiting photographs from 'The breast cancer series', Proud Galleries, London
2011 - I am regularly asked to give an artist talk, some have included the foundation course at southwark college&fotosynthisis photographic centre , various, london
2012 - Camden New Journal,Uncovered:exhibition of the week
2012 - HOWLER magazine,artist profile,artist of the month
2012 - The Big Issue:'Without walls' exhibition highlights,artist profile with images
2012 - Uncertain States,photography newspaper:artist profile,with 'Borderline beautiful' portfolio
2012 - West End Extra:uncovered, exhibition of the week
2008 - Camden new journal Newspaper, interview and published images from the 'breast cancer series'
2008 - London Independent Photography magazine,artist profile