Our first stop of the day was to the Ffotogallery in Penarth. It is one of the more remote galleries but has helped to organise many of the displays across the city. Ffotogallery was showing works by Edgar Martins from his Time Machine series.
In 2010 and 2011, Martins gained exclusive access to 20 power plants located across Portugal. Many were built between the 1950s and 1970s, a time of hopeful prospects for rapid economic growth and social change. The Time Machine records objects and spaces whose grand and progressive designs testify to the scope and ambition of the vision they were built to serve.
My baby daughter seemed to like the bright and contrasty images! As a series they all worked really well and felt like stepping into the set of a dodgy 70’s sci-fi show. The images were presented as large prints and the space they were given was well lit.
As always the volunteer staff at the gallery were on hand to answer questions about the work. Best of all we turned up on a ‘tea and cake Tuesday’ and so we were treated to a nice cuppa and a slice of cake as we chatted. I tried my best to avoid the well stocked book shop without incident but it seems a signed copy of The Real World by Parr and Viksraitis slipped into my shopping basket.
The exhibition is on until the 7 June 2013 so if you have a chance then go along for a look – perhaps on a Tuesday!
Edgar Martins talking about his work: