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.
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.
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.
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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