Flora

Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro presents Flora (2012/13) an exhaustive series of about one hundred photographic proofs that were produced using a wide range of analogue processes and techniques, namely gelatine silver negatives; negatives in chromogenic paper; silver paper negatives with Sabatier effect; silver contact prints; silver contact prints of infrared film; chromogenic contact prints, and cross-processed chromogenic prints.

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Untitled – 20.07.12 (15h30), 2012 Negative in chromogenic paper, chromogenic process, unique print 12x9 cm

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Untitled – 20.07.12 (15h30), 2012
Negative in chromogenic paper, chromogenic process, unique print
12×9 cm

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, 215 Hours, 2013, Diasec Print 80x60 cm

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, 215 Hours, 2013, Diasec Print 80×60 cm

The artist depicted the same subject matter for the whole project, a brunch of flowers, including agapanthus, bougainvillea, and iris subbiflora, which she placed in a small transparent glass, in a non-decorative arrangement, almost in a disorganized manner. Some of the flowers, the agapanthus and the lilies for instance, have very long, thin stalks while others, like the bougainvillea, are rather short. Most of them have flamboyant, exuberant blossoms.

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Untitled – 10.07.12 - 20.07.12, 2012 Silver paper negatives with Sabatier effect, gelatine and silver, unique prints 12x9 cm (each)

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Untitled – 10.07.12 – 20.07.12, 2012
Silver paper negatives with Sabatier effect, gelatine and silver, unique prints 12×9 cm (each)

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Untitled – 10.07.12 (15h30?) – 16.07.12 (13h10), 2012 Silver contact prints of infrared film, gelatine and silver 12x9 cm (each)

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Untitled – 10.07.12 (15h30?) – 16.07.12 (13h10), 2012
Silver contact prints of infrared film, gelatine and silver 12×9 cm (each)

Throughout the images, the flowers become more and more feeble, a gradual decay that attests the length of the project, documenting the sequence of days spent by the artist depicting such an unstoppable effect of time on everything that lives.

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Untitled – 11.07.12, 2012 Silver contact print, gelatine and silver 12x9 cm

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Untitled – 11.07.12, 2012
Silver contact print, gelatine and silver 12×9 cm

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Untitled – 16.07.12, 2012 cross-processed chromogenic print, unique print 12x9 cm

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Untitled – 16.07.12, 2012
cross-processed chromogenic print, unique print 12×9 cm

This still nature, a reminder of the inevitability of change, acts simultaneously upon the transience of all things living, as on the unavoidable obsolescence of an image-production medium whose swan song, that of the analogue photographic medium, is continuously announced. (RAMOS, Filipa, Bes Revelação 2013, exh. cat., Oporto: Serralves Foundation, 2013)

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