Catarina Fontoura

Catarina Fontoura (b. 1988, Porto, Portugal) graduated from the University of Oporto in 2011 and earned a MA in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport in 2013. Her work explores the relationship between art, nature and culture. She aims to study the methods, theories and concepts through which we approach nature in art and in science. As an artist Catarina is attracted by the idea that when working in a dark woods with a moth trap she is working as a 'visual researcher'. In her series “Invocations” and “Conjures”, Catarina was interested in creating a vision of nature that would challenge the idea of animal representation by presenting minute forms of life in an adverse and dark world. The artist borrows methods of representation, as well as working methods from the natural sciences, from anthropological and archaeological practices and from still-life painting tradition to use in her photographic work.


The Great Unknown: Catarina Fontoura’s Conjures