Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire is proud to present « Loaded Shine », first solo exhibition of Paulo Nozolino at the gallery. This twenty-picture-series, presented at PhotoEspaña 2017, summarizes with strength the photographical conceptual work the artist has carried out for more than forty years.
Paulo Nozolino is without doubt a leading figure in European and Portuguese photography. He began his artistic career in London’s lively atmosphere of the seventies. Then he set out on a series of journeys across Europe and countries in the Arab World between 1983 and 1995. His journey of initiation and solitude has been retraced in Penumbra, a work reflecting the photographer’s political concerns. In 2002, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie held a retrospective exhibition of his work -Nada. In 2005, he was invited for a new retrospective -Far Cry- at the Museu de Serralves in Porto presenting for the first time the work of a Portuguese photographer.
The pictures displayed at the gallery were shot between 2008 and 2013 in New York, Lisbon, Paris, Berlin and in rural areas of France and Portugal. All of them describe a sequence of objects vertically, with no indication of place nor time. Nozolino chose this rigorous verticality nearly twenty years ago, reducing his field of vision still further in search for the essential. « Pure » as he would say. Ever since he began his work the photographer has nurtured a singular, black and white style, a dark density now a hallmark of his work. The only purpose of light is to highlight the dark.