A news report from mid-2011 revealed NDT80 as a gene related to cellular rejuvenation. In lab work, scientists found out that when NDT80 is activated – during the rejuvenation process – and when connected to aged cells it doubles their life expectancy – thus perpetuating the cycle birth/growth. It is still unknown how such a process, found in yeast, may develop in human body. Yet, this issue can redirect us to what will be the development of a body in multiple ways but with the same objective: preservation/reproduction.
This is how [kameraphoto] work is processed. Almost like viruses, diverse narratives emerge in the course of youth and its behaviour. An exploration of its confrontations and expectancies is made. Not assuming an asserting mood, it is rather an interrogative expression on the new youth issues that actual world order has to face.
Issues that derive from events like the so-called Arab Spring (João Carvalho Pina) and the economic crises in Europe (“Jovens de Atenas”, Pauliana Valente Pimentel) or from the reflections of social turmoil (“Dies Irae”, Martim Ramos), and the waves of illegal immigrants (“Waterline”, Sandra Rocha), extending to the new movements to combat wild capitalism that immortalized the mask of Guy Fawkes (“Partisans”, Guillaume Pazat).
They also address matters that are closer to Portuguese youth, as the increasing unemployment and the decay of current economic model, (“Diz-me para ficar”, Nelson d’Aires; “Queremos”, Valter Vinagre or “My Space”, Alexandre Almeida) or even more intimist, depicting 18 years of life of a young girl (“Laura”, Céu Guarda).
Other themes are also explored, such as sacralisation of the body as well as its aestheticization in accordance with ever questionable values (“Sacrifício”, Jordi Burch), or the ideals inherent to a beauty pageant, even though sometimes contradictory to the genesis of socio-political movements which sponsor it (“Miss Juventude MPLA”, Augusto Brázio).
The participation of the collective [kameraphoto] was almost totally devised for the specific purpose of this edition of Encontros da Imagem. A transversal set of themes is the outcome of our plural look – which we promote and foster – together with the multiplicity of interests that come across our diverse life experiences.
Alexandre Almeida, Lisboa, 2012
[kameraphoto] is a collective of photographers founded in January of 2003. It is a structure that brings together different visions of the contemporary Portuguese photography, committed to the creation and production of collective projects. The collective also encourages its members to develop personal projects. The commitment put into collective productions as well as into individual ones makes [kameraphoto] a critical space promoting photography that allows the structure to be diverse in its visions and perceptions of the world as well as in the many forms of expression through photographic means.
The collective has presently 12 members: Alexandre Almeida, Augusto Brázio, Céu Guarda, Guillaume Pazat, João Pina, Jordi Burch, Martim Ramos, Nelson d’Aires, Pauliana Valente Pimentel, Pedro Letria, Sandra Rocha e Valter Vinagre.