The pictures shown here have been made by Patricia Azevedo over the last 15 years.
Working in the darkroom, exposing sections from many different negatives (often from historical as well as her own photographs), Azevedo builds up her images over a period of many hours, sometimes days, only seeing what she has produced when the photographic paper is finally immersed in developer. This technique (imagine drawing in complete darkness) generates dreamlike images about history, memory, imagination and intuition.
Other works, such as ‘Dirty Saints’ are straightforward photograms, printed directly through political pamphlets that Azevedo collected once they had been discarded and trodden in to the pavements of Belo Horizonte. The politicians saintly smiles become grotesque and their promises are turned inside out.