COMPÊNDIO DO NADA
Valter Ventura (Portugal)
"When I was just a little boy I had my head full of Jonh Waynes and Errol Flynnes. I understood that the dimension of their adventures was proportional to the seas and deserts that they crossed. I laid down above the letters of «Grand Atlas Aguilar», each one with 80 cm, that was just my height by then, and I just looked for empty territories.
I got back to the maps of "Atlas" to explore a scientific uncertainty: specific territories delimitated and defined by a line full of parallels and meridians, that between the meshes didn’t catch any kind of usable material to fulfill its purpose: find us.
Respecting the divisions that cartography imposes, I checked one grid full of spaces without references, non- places (utopos) that even being nothing, could be everything."
Valter Ventura, February 2013.
Valter Ventura was born in Lisbon, in 1979. He graduated in Art History from Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa. In 2005 he finished, with a scholarship from Banco Espírito Santo, the advanced course in Photography from Ar.Co. In 2005, he started a collaboration with José Nuno Lamas, and they have been developing several works as a duo. Together they participated in Photography Second Course of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in MobileHome - Experimental Course of Contemporary Art and in the Plat(t)form 10 for the Fotomuseum of Winterthur (Switzerland). They are represented in the collections of Center of Modern Art Azeredo Perdigão (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) and PMLJ Foundation.