Portugal - 1959
Through taking photographs, Manuela Marques has taken hold of an imaginative, highly subjective, poetic and intimate world. She tackles and mingles diverse genres (portraits, still life, landscape), varied themes (trees, stones, bodies, objects, architectonic details), revealing new ways of perceiving. Out of context, with no background, the images become mysterious and incite new interpretations. The photographs, then, invite the viewer to wonder about the reality she perceives, even to doubt her own perception.
Galerie Anne Barrault in Paris, Gallery Caroline Pagès in Lisbon, and Gallery Vermelho in Sao Paulo represent Manuela Marques. Lately, she has had monographic exhibitions at Château d’Eau in Toulouse (2016), at Circulo de Artes Plasticas in Coimbra (2015), at the Centre Régional de la Photographie in Nord-Pas-de-Calais (2015), and at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris (2014). Several art critics and journalists have written about her work, among them: Michel Poivert, Sergio Mah, Claire Guillot, Lisette Lagnado, Jacinto Lageira, Christianne Vollaire, Natacha Wolinski, and Joao Silverio.