Found Not Taken

Edson Chagas

Found Not Taken


For Found Not Taken, Edson Chagas walked through the streets of Luanda, London and Newport, Wales, collecting discarded objects and moving them, at times slightly and in other instances significantly, before photographing them. Taken out of their context and photographed in relation to a carefully chosen background, the mundane items are turned into abstract icons that animate the city. What might seem at first glance a symbol of a society characterised by waste and instant obsolescence is also a reflection on the fact that what is perceived as real is actually a construct. A selection from the series represented Angola at the 55th Venice Biennale, winning the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. Here the full series is published in Chagas' first book, accompanied by an essay - in English and Portuguese - by art historian Ana Balona de Oliveira. The book is beautifully printed and bound with a linen cover.

Published by Kehrer | 2015
Hardcover, 118 pages | ISBN 978-3-86828-672-4 | Price: R700

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