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May 14, 2020 - Anabela Pinto

I guess Precious Things started as an exercise in staged photography, as opposed to my previous frustrating photographic endeavors, where I would go ‘fishing’ for moments caused by external circumstances. But even in those days it had always been about something technological that exists around and within us, sometimes more obvious than not, a presence that informs and redefines the modes of living, brings forward certain actions and reactions, emotional states, seeps into the collective consciousness, and is always part of us, even when we’re not directly engaging with it at a certain moment in time. Somehow I think we always carry it around.


Objects, but more specifically technological objects are vehicles of this presence, and I started this body of work thinking about how they operate in the domestic space, and what sort of relationships are fostered between human beings and these inanimate yet so reactive objects of desire, whose effect is so underpinned in their aesthetic demeanor. In terms of conclusive outcomes, there seems to be no definite answer to the nature of this relationship, except that it remains in the realm of the ambiguous and obscure, and for that reason, it was my intention that the photographs could come across more like a reflection.


The TV screen automatically becomes central to this exploration, especially because I used more obsolete technologies (there were different reasons for this, more on that later)


Its ubiquity in the domestic space, its physical characteristics that often resemble a window or portal to another world, and its relationship to the human eye makes it probably the most obvious container or source of this technological ‘presence’ as well as the object whose nature is pronouncedly more human. The TV set keeps company, with both sight and sound, casts a blue light onto the interiors of a room, and onto the skin of an onlooker. It fills the surroundings with an aura, which can be felt as both invasive or comforting.