Anabela Pinto is a Portuguese artist and photographer living in London. Her practice reflects an interest in the relationship between people and technologies, consumer culture and desire, and its subsequent effect on the aesthetics of our daily living surroundings.
Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Les Rencontres d’Arles and Photo LA, with her first solo show having recently taken place at Galerie Intervalle in Paris.
She has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Dior Photography Award for Young Talents and the Life Framer Series Award. In 2020 her work is included in the annual publication Fresh Eyes by GUP Magazine.
She holds an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art.
Precious Things reflects on the contours of materialistic desire and its relationship with the pursuit of happiness. It is an observation of the cult of technology as an extension of the human psyche, where consumer objects appear to channel, reflect, and feed on the emotions of its users.I was thinking of the presence of technologies in the domestic space and how they transform our living environment, create new visual landscapes and specific aesthetics that tinge and shape our everyday rituals.
The blue light emanating from a TV screen permeates the scenes and reiterates this presence, harboring the delights of artificiality, the promise of a more in-tune experience.
Steeped in nostalgia, home electronics become the main subjects in open-ended narratives that incite the imagination of the viewer, while speaking of an ever-evolving and ambiguous relationship, the human closeness to technological objects of desire, our precious things.