MIGUEL PROENÇA (Porto, 1984) currently lives and works between Cardiff (UK) and Porto (Portugal). His practice, placed on documentary, focus on exploring questions of identity along the peripheral landscape. He graduated in Audiovisual Communication Technology from the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (2011) and studied at Portuguese Institute of Photography (2008). He is currently studying for a Masters in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales, as the recipient of a scholarship granted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2017). In 2015 he co-founded COLECTIVO, an experimental and research platform focused on documentary. His work is regularly exhibited and published.
2017 - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2015 - VSCO Artist Initiative, 2012 - Estação Imagem: Prémio de Fotojornalismo, 2009 - Emerging Talent FNAC
Behind The Hill
Our conservative society and its beliefs inspired me to describe characters and scenes often overlooked by the modern world ruled by science and technology. The characters and situations often relate to nature and superstition, “Behind The Hill” describes the struggle of man’s will to master the elements, to mold the world to his granted truth and to explain it through his ingenuity.
Mamluk, which means slave soldier in Arabic, depicts a city in the outskirts of the densely populated metropolis of Cairo, which was raised on a tight grid of tombs and mausoleums that form the legendary expanse of cemeteries where it’s told ghosts ramble the streets at night. Many of the inhabitants who live among the Mamluk tombs have either emigrated from the farm fields or relocated to the periphery due to the collapse of the lower stratum of the middle class.