The Galerie Bernard Bouche is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent works from the new photographic series Observations dans le noir by Jorge Molder, who is a prominent representative of the mid-generation of Portuguese artists and an outstanding exponent of contemporary photography.
Since the 1970s, he developed a photographic work, between dreams and meta-reality. He questions the depths of memory through « staging » himself, which underly certain cinematic, literary, pictorial and philosophical references. He plays with himself in his images as if he was looking to transcend his own identity to point the finger at the uncanny elements of daily life, and awakens the sensitive memory of the viewer confronted with his personal or artistic memories.
He consequently developed a taste for the dark places of the soul, the "disturbing oddness", the map of our desires and ambiguities. This is a metaphysical side which crosses the routine of every human being. Amplifying the subject by the means of his own image, the artist, not without irony, seems to confront himself as a stranger. This is referred to the series where the central subject is often the artist, his face, his hands. Placing himself outside the self-representation or the introspection, Jorge Molder makes his images metaphorical, a material through which he attempts to reflect on time and on being in the world.
One of the questions raised by Molder resides in the meaning of the man’s appearence, if it should have a meaning. The specific art of the portrait made by the Molder’s photographic camera thus wanders along superficial territories - masks, representation, acting - yet always strives to unearth and project an intimate truth or consistency, a secret or a agalma (the pearl in the dark) that will justify and find a solution to one’s own representation.
Jorge Molder, born in 1947, lives in Lisbon. He held his first private show in 1977. Molder’s work is featured in many museums and international collections. He participated in the 22nd Biennale in São Paulo (1994), in the 48th Biennale in Venice (1999), where he represented Portugal. Molder was awarded with the important Portuguese art award EDP/Arte in 2010 and AICA/Portugal Prize/Art in 2014.
Jorge Molder participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions in Portugal and abroad, among which Luxury Bond Hayward Gallery, Londres (1999), la Maison Européenne de la Photographie Paris et Le Jeu de Paume Paris (2002), Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães, MAMAM, Recife, Brasil (2003), Das Schwarze Quadrat, Hamburger Kunsthalle (2007), L’interprétation des rêves Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian Lisbonne et Paris 2009, Pinocchio Chiado 8, Lisbonne 2010.