Being and Becoming
Becoming is a concept derived from philosophy which considers change in itself as process and a transition from one state to another. It refers to the transformation and changes in one's way of being. Change is inevitable and an essential part of the world.
This project is about emigration, in particular from Portugal to northern Europe. I was interested on ideas of hybrid identity, by exploring concepts of the third space and the Old and the New, the polarity of living in-between cultures, languages and borderlines. My aim was to explore photographically these complex intersections, by dealing with feelings and ideas of difference or strangeness, memory, identity and mobility.
Virgílio Ferreira is a Portuguese photographer. In 2012 he gained a Master in photographyat the University of Brighton.
His work has been widely exhibited in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and South-East Asia. Some of the most significant exhibitions have taken place at Format International Photography Festival (UK); Photo LA, and Photo Miami (U.S.A.); The Portuguese Centre of Photography; Hight House Gallery (UK); Empty Quarter Gallery (Dubai); Ofoto Gallery (Shanghai); Módulo Gallery (Lisbon); Madridfoto (Spain); Museu da Imagem (Portugal); Southeast Museum of Photography (U.S.A.); the 2nd Fotofestival Mannheim (Germany); Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland); Royal Academy of Art (London); and the BAC Festival at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (Spain). To date he released four projects in books entitled, “Being and Becoming”, “Daily Pilgrims”, "We and The Others" and "Rainbow". He has also had work featured in international magazines, blogs, and online magazines such as European Photography; 1000 Words Photography; The Guardian UK; Lens Culture; Hey, Hot Shot; Katalog-Museum for Fotokunst Brandts; Eye Curious; Mrs Deane; Heading East and Artephotographica.
He has been recipient of a number of awards including 1000 Words Award for European Photographers (2012), Dst International Photography Prize, Encontros da Imagem, Portugal, (2010). Ferreira was also nominated for Hanhnemuhle Anniversary Photo Award, Germany, (2009), and semi-finalist for the Foundation HSBC pour la Photographie, Paris, France, (2007). Ferreira's work is held in public collections, including the Hahnemuhle Anniversary Collection, Germany; the Southeast Museum of Photography, USA; the National Collection of Photography, Portgual; Lodz Art Center, Poland and the University of Coimbra, Portugal.