Taipa Village Art Space is hosting a new exhibition, Transience: Daredevils and Towering Webs presented by Luso-American photographic artist Hugo Teixeira. Hugo showcases his unique collection of documentary photography featuring an iconographic Macau fixture – bamboo scaffolding on construction sites, which is ubiquitous in the city as it undergoes rapid development. The construction workers (bamboo masters) are acting like spiders, taking a risky job with courage to wrap the vertiginous towers with bamboo scaffoldings which look like spider webs.
Hugo introduces demanding photographic techniques of yesteryear, exhibiting two types of images: ambrotypes – positive photographs on glass created using a wet-plate process – and cyanotypes – produced using a process that creates a cyan-blue print. To create these stunning images, Hugo uses heavy view cameras and very carefully applied coatings of paper, metal and glass, offering viewers an awe-inspiring journey of discovery back to a 19th-century fascination that long predates the digital era.
When: January 13 – March 31
Where: Taipa Village Art Space, 10 Rua dos Clerigos, Taipa, Macau
+853 2857 6118, www.taipavillagemacau.com
Opening hours: 12:00pm – 8:00pm