Sensorial Self-Portrait by Edu Monteiro

Edu Monteiro is a photographer, visual artist and independent curator from Rio de Janeiro. Edu has Master in Contemporary Art, and has post-graduation in Photography, and he is currently pursuing PhD in Art Studies. In the 1990s he was a Photography coordinator for the City’s Culture Department of Porto Alegre, being responsible for the Week of Photography events. Since this time, Monteiro has been working with photography like artist and curator, specializing in contemporary research, with emphasis on the intersections between photography, sculpture and performance.

Sensorial Self-Portrait is a personal fiction. The impulse emerged from a sensory mask made by a Brazilian plastic artist Lygia Clark. With it, came the desire to try, to manipulate, to wear that object of sensations and self-analysis, proposed by the artist. So I started to create my own masks, not only inspired by the poetics used by Lygia, but also by different artists throughout the history of art, which in some way mark my memory. Inspired by this proposal, I have done self-transformations instead of using the others body, as Clark did. I offer my own body and mind to similar experiences as the ones Lygia worked in the “file memory” of her patients: their fears and weaknesses, through the sensory.

All photos by Edu Monteiro