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Augusto Alves da Silva

Road Works
6 June - 28 June 1998


Road Works consists of hundreds of photographs of a one-mile stretch of a mountain road in Northern Spain, projected life-size on the two end walls of the gallery. The 324 images (162 per wall) are projected in a continuous loop, each image fading into the next at three-second intervals. There is no sound except for the regular rhythm of the projectors.

The photographs were taken at ten metre intervals along a straight section of road. Standing in the gallery places the viewer in the centre of the road. In one direction the images move closer to the horizon, while they move further away in the opposite direction. The tarmac was new, and yellow markings had been laid, forming a line of progress across an otherwise unchanging landscape. As the journey progresses the viewer sees a few horses, a shepherd, a dog, a Land Rover and some cattle that appear across the landscape.

Augusto Alves da Silva was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and lives and works in Athens. He studied at the London College of Printing (BA Hons Photography) and the Slade School of Fine Art (MFA Media).



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