Inês Domingues


Inês’ statement

In 1877 the physiologist William Kühne introduced the term optography to address the possibility of fixing an image in the retina. At a time when optical objects gained relevance in the nineteenth century culture, vision became paramount in the acquisition of knowledge. In an amalgamation between the eyeball and the camera, this project situates itself between fact and fiction and reveals what  the product of the investigation of the functioning of the eye as a matter sensitive to light would mean to science.


excerpts of a conversation between Inês and Al-Tiba9 Art Mazagine, 2018 [edited version]

Your work is very graphic, clean, and mysterious at points. What we find personally compelling though, is the simplicity […] is this because you want the viewer to get access easily to your work?

[…] My works only exist when they are seen and interpreted. In my opinion, I can only convey to the viewer the feelings and the restlessness through images that redirect the look. I always present ambiguous images because I want to let the viewer find his own answer and interpretation. Without the spectator, there is no work.

Your process includes architecture, nature, laboratory research, a sort of psychoanalytic theory, then photography? 

In order for the artwork to become an aesthetic experience it is necessaryto have a certain symbology that reaches the third person and participates in the process of creation and sharing of the emotional experience. Of all my impulses, I use photography for representing the desire of the imagination. Return to the path of reality in terms of its imaginative life and fantasy…


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