Being and Becoming

Becoming is a concept derived from philosophy which considers change in itself as process and transition from a state to another.
It refers to the transformation and changes in one’s way of being. Change is inevitable and an essential part of the world.

This project is about emigration, in particular from Portugal to the northern Europe . I was interested on ideas of hybrid identity,
by exploring concepts of the third space and the Old and the New, the polarity of living in-between cultures, languages
and borderlines. According to some scholars, the third space is an interaction and articulation between two or more cultures and languages.
The Old and the New are states of being, and negotiations between social, national, geographic and linguistic spaces.

Emigrants are Beings in motion in this New “socio-and-geo-cultural” context and they are located in the territory
between the “Old which is part of them and the New which is becoming part of them”. My aim was to explore photographically
these complex intersections, which deem change in itself as process and transition from a state to another;
by dealing with feelings of mobility, duplicity, rupture and identity.

Ser y Llegar a Ser

Llegar a ser es un concepto derivado de la filosofia que considera el cambio en si mismo como proceso y transición de un estado a otro.
Hace referencia a las transformaciones y cambios en la forma de ser uno mismo. El cambio es inevitable, y una parte esencial del mundo.

Este proyecto es sobre la emigración, en particular de Portugal al norte de Europa. Me interesaba las idea de identidad híbrida,
a traves de la exploración de conceptos del tercer espacio y de lo “Viejo” y lo “Nuevo”, la polaridad de vivir entre diferentes culturas,
lenguajes y fronteras. De acuerdo con algunos investigadores, el tercer espacio es una interacción y articulación entre
dos o mas culturas y lenguajes. Lo “Viejo” y lo “Nuevo” son estados del “Ser” y negociaciones entre espacios linguísticos,
geográficos, nacionales y sociales.

Los emigrantes son “Seres” en movimiento en este nuevo contexto “geo-socio-cultural” y estan localizados en un territorio entre
lo “Viejo”, memoria, lengua, cultura y territorio, que es parte de ellos y lo “Nuevo”, lo extranjero que llegará a ser también parte de ellos. 
Esos estados de lo “Viejo” y lo “Nuevo” ocurren en el mismo espacio y al mismo tiempo. Asi los emigrantes son invitados a transformar
su identidad, renegociandola de acuerdo con las nuevas circunstancias.
Mi meta ha sido explorar fotográficamente estas complejas intersecciones a través de sentimientos como la mobilidad,
la duplicidad, la ruptura y la identidad.


Portuguese photographer, lives in the UK. Currently, he is doing an MA in photography at the University of Brighton. 

His work has been widely exhibited in Europe, The Middle East, The United States, and South-East Asia.
Between 2007 and 2012 some of the most recognised exhibitions have taken place at  the Galerie Huit ( Arles); Format Festival (UK);
Módulo Gallery (Lisbon); Empty Quarter Gallery (Dubai), Ofoto Gallery (Shanghai), Museu da Imagem (Braga, Portugal),
Southeast Museum of Photography (U.S.A.), Portuguese Centre of Photography, the 2nd Fotofestival Mannheim (Germany),
Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland), 10th Photography Festival (Aleppo, Syria), Royal College of Art (London), Berllaymont, (Bruxelas),
Pipfestival (China), 19th International Photography Meeting Thesssaloniki (Greece) and the BAC Festival at
the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (Spain) as well as Madridfoto (Spain), Photo LA and Photo Miami (U.S.A.). 
He has published three projects in books entitled, “Daily Pilgrims”, “We and The Others”, and “Rainbow” and has had work published
in international magazines, photo art blogs, and webzines such as European Photography; The Guardian UK;
Katalog-Museum for Fotokunst Brandts; Hey, Hot Shot; 1000 Words Photography; Lens Culture; Eye Curious; Mrs Deane;
Heading East and Artephotographica. Virgílio’s work is held in public collections, including the Hahnemuhle Anniversary Collection, Germany; the Southeast Museum of Photography, USA;
the National Collection of Photography, Portgual; Lodz Art Center, Poland and the University of Coimbra, Portugal.