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Jorge Molder was born in Lisbon, in 1947. He studied Philosophy at the University of Lisbon and began his artistic career as a photographer in the seventies of the last century. He has been a board member of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since 1990. On June 10, 1992 he was made a Knight of the Order of Infant Henry (Cavaleiro da Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique). From 1992, he assumed the position of Director of the Modern Art Centre José de Azeredo Perdigão. He has a relevant national and international career as a photographer. He was a guest artist at the 1994 Biennial of São Paulo and represented Portugal at the Biennial of Venice in 1999. In 2007, he won the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) award and in 2010 he won the EDP/Arte Grand Prix.

He is recognized for his dark and enigmatic black and white photographs, which involve a sometimes disorienting interaction for the observer. Black and the absence of light are the starting point. From darkness, from emptiness comes the light. He often uses self-representation as a central element in his work, stating that "Sometimes, to see something better, it is necessary to remove some sharpness from it. Sometimes, excessive sharpness contributes to the concealment of something and not to its revelation. (...)". He is represented in numerous collections, including at MUDAS.

Credits: MUDAS. Contemporary Art Museum of Madeira

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