Portuguese photographer Daniel Blaufuks explores Works on Memory at Ffotogallery

By Ben Miller | 25 January 2012
A photo of two white cassette tapes against a black background
© Daniel Blaufuks
Exhibition: Daniel Blaufuks: Works on Memory, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, until February 25 2012

Portuguese Daniel Blaufuks is an artist fascinated by memory – road-movies through Portugal pondering whether the landscape is becoming unrecognisable, works based on the writings of Georges Perec, who lost both his parents to war, and a cut-and paste film recounting the story of Jewish Second World War refugees living in pro-fascist Lisbon are among his more recent works, building on his reputation as one of Europe’s brightest contemporary photographers.

His own family's story, as a German-Jewish family who arrived in Portugal during the war, informs shots to trigger the emotions, acting as cues for reminiscences allied with mementoes which are familiar but somehow unplaced.

Patterns, relationships and the way we store our personal and collective parts intrigue him, rolling across film canisters, cassette tapes, celluloid film strips and negatives here.

Photography, for Blaufuks, is both the bridge across which associations are formed and memory itself.

  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. Admission free.

More pictures:

A photo of a study full of documents in shelves
Untitled, from Terezi¦ün (2007). C-print© Daniel Blaufuks
A photo of a traditional black and white 24-hour clock on a white wall
Fifteen Minutes 1, from The Business of Living (2010). C-print© Daniel Blaufuks
A photo of a silver film reel against a black background
Untitled, from The Memory of Others (2010). C-print
© Daniel Blaufuks
A photo of a circular grey shell of film against a black background
Untitled, from The Memory of Others (2010). C-print
© Daniel Blaufuks
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