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Matías Costa // The Family Project - Lens Books




Matías Costa // The Family Project

15 x 21 cm
64 pages [Color and B&N]
Paper: Olin Regular Natural White 120 gsm & 300 gsm
Languages: English & Spanish
Limited edition of  500 signed and numbered books
ISBN 978-84-616-0233-9

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Price: 20,00 €

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The Family Project explores family memory, but also memory lapses and oblivion. I returned to the 20th century to piece together the traces that my family has left on maps in the course of a century of migrations. I compiled thousands of photographs and documents from institutional and family archives, and in each place I tried to photograph a mood that captures what happened there. This is a process of infinite connections, which opens up like Russian dolls. Each layer of history rests delicately on the previous one: to disclose its layers in order to narrate them is, in a sense, to change history.



Using images cut by the strangeness, Matías Costa’s work explores the issues of immigration, identity and memory through the history and geography, producing long-term series projects wich includes photography, writing and archive documentation. 

Born in 1973 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lives in Madrid, Spain. Graduated in Journalism by the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. After working for Agence VU until 2003, he is currently represented by Panos Pictures in London. His work is frequently published by The New York Times, Geo, Newsweek, El País and The Sunday Times Magazine, among other internacional magazines. Costa has received grants and awards including the World Press Photo, Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña, Fondation Hachett, Fundación La Caixa and nominated for the Prix Pictet.

His work has been exhibit in several countries in Europe and America, and it take part as permanent work in collections at the Moscow Photography Museum, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Rotterdam Photographic Institute, Museo de América and private collections. In 2005 he founded, with another 13 photographers, the Contemporary Photography Collective NOPHOTO.

Matías Costa is one of the mentors of Máster en Fotografía de Autor y Proyectos Profesionales at LENS School of Visual Arts (Madrid).