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The Rehearsal of Space is the most comprehensive photographic survey ever produced about a leading scientific and space exploration organisation. In 2012, Edgar Martins was granted unparalleled access to The European Space Agency (ESA) and its partners’ programs, including the microgravity, telecommunication, human spaceflight, lunar and Mars exploration programs. Over the past two years, he has traveled to 20 locations across the UK, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan and French Guiana to shoot in classified facilities such as test centres, robotics departments, space simulators, laboratories, launch sites and platforms, astronaut training centres and satellite assembly rooms.

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The photographs were shot using long exposures (up to one hour) and a 10x8”, large format camera. Their clean composition and hyper-real sharpness contrast greatly with the veil of secrecy and enigma that usually shrouds space-related activity. Although rarely seen by the public, the technology and facilities in The Rehearsal of Space look strangely familiar, underlining popular culture’s influence in shaping our understanding of space exploration (the artist often cites fortuitous references such as Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity or Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon).

We are pleased to announce that Edgar Martins' eagerly anticipated new book The Rehearsal of Space and The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite will be released in May 2014 by La Fabrica / The Moth House. for more details please click here

The launch of this book will be acccompanied by a worldwide touring exhibition scheduled to be shown at The Wapping Project Bankside (London, 24th April 2014) for more details of the London exhibition please click here