Sandra Gonçalves

Sandra Gonçalves

Photographer

Since her early childhood, Sandra Gonçalves has not been satisfied with the simple existence. The artist has always had a critical sense and is actively invested with human, political, economic and social situations. Her artistic research is thus linked to opposites by trying to provoke and get out of her comfort zone. Her photographs can make us feel both positive and negative emotions.

Chaos
The theme of the "Chaos" series represents the fear of an outward opening in a very oppressive global dynamic. Currently, containment isolation is spreading globally. The windows of our homes become our access to the world, a world that we keep pushing back because of a growing fear. X-ray images of bodies exposed upside down on landscapes reveal the fragile material of which we are made of. Pushed by the current period, we become passive bodies and terrified by an invisible evil of our time, which functions as an anxiety that clings to all aspects of our lives. Specters of pain and death can thus hide behind each of our movements. Escape from fear and chaos becomes impossible and permanent, even in dreams and imaginary journeys.
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Pandemic
The series "Pandemic", produced in 2020, highlights the human isolation derived from the fragility of the body and the consequence of the loss of mobility: characteristics that seemed to be reserved for the elderly or the sick. Since 2020, isolation and confinement have extended to any social body, hostage to a virus (Covid-19) which paralyzes and confines the world population in their living spaces. Through images merged with X-rays, both from her personal archives, Sandra Goncalves tried to reflect on the conditions that the presence of the virus imposes on the daily life of humanity which is weakened. The x-ray of our bodies covers landscapes, objects and people like an aversion to pain and fear.
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