The absence

Daniel Blaufuks

2009 Portugal EXP 20 '

Inspired by La Disparition de Georges Perec, a novel written without using the letter E, this work consists of a reassembly of the classic Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard, in which all the shots with the main character, the role of Jean-Paul Belmondo, have disappeared. What remains in this absence is our cinematic memory, which, instinctively, attempts to fill this void, around which everything seems to revolve.


Daniel Blaufuks has been working on the relation between photography and literature, through works like My Tangier with the writer Paul Bowles. More recently, Collected Short Stories displays several photographic diptychs in a kind of “snapshot prose,” a speech based on visual fragments that give indication of private stories on their way to become public. The relation between public and private has been one of the constant interrogations in his work. He works mainly with photography and video, presenting his work through books, installations and films. His documentary Under Strange Skies was shown at the Lincoln Center in New York. Recent exhibitions include: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Palazzo delle Papesse (Siena), LisboaPhoto, Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), Elga Wimmer Gallery (New York), Museu do Chiado (Lisboa), Photoespaña (Madrid), where his book Under Strange Skies received the award for Best Photography Book of the Year in the International Category in 2007, the year he received the BES Photo Award as well. He published Terezín at Steidl, Götingen in 2010 and in 2011 he had a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and in 2014 at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon. In 2017 he was awarded the AICA-MC Award for the exhibitions Léxico and Attempting Exhaustion in the previous year. He has a PhD from the University of Wales. For more information see