Projeto 20




Se a função da teoria é explicar e enriquecer o entendimento que temos das imagens, também há nos processos da fotografia, uma ‘erótica’ da experimentação e da prática que desafia as teorias, que não poderemos explicar, mas sentir, como Susan Sontag nos sugere.

A arte “convida à reflexão, mas escapa a qualquer pensamento definidor sobre o seu conteúdo”, como escreveu Henk Borgdorff no seu estudo sobre investigação académica através da prática artística. Será a dimensão sensorial que estará acessível nesta exposição, que reúne os trabalhos finais de doze estudantes da Escola Superior de Media, Artes e Design do Politécnico do Porto e de uma estudante convidada, finalista da Karel de Grote Hogeschool, em Antuérpia.


Cesário Alves e João Leal
Professores orientadores














Sontag, S. (2009). Against Interpretation. Em Against Interpretation and Other Essays (pp. 3–15). London: Penguin Classics.

Borgdorff, H. (2012). The Production of Knowledge in Artistic Research. Em The Conflict of the Faculties - Perspective on Artistic Research and Academia (pp. 140–173). Leiden University Press.

Estes projetos foram expostos no Centro Português de Fotografia de 26 de setembro a 8 de novembro de 2020.

Project 20




If the function of theory is to explain and enrich our understanding of images, there is also in the processes of photography, an 'erotic' of experimentation and practice that defies theories, which we cannot explain, but feel, as Susan Sontag suggests.

Art “invites reflection, but escapes any defining thought about its content”, as Henk Borgdorff wrote in his study of academic research through artistic practice. It will be the sensorial dimension that will be accessible in this exhibition, which brings together the final works of twelve students from the School of Media, Arts and Design of the Polytechnic of Porto and a guest student, finalist from Karel de Grote Hogeschool, in Antwerp.


Cesário Alves and João Leal
Supervising Teachers














Sontag, S. (2009). Against Interpretation. Em Against Interpretation and Other Essays (pp. 3–15). London: Penguin Classics.

Borgdorff, H. (2012). The Production of Knowledge in Artistic Research. Em The Conflict of the Faculties - Perspective on Artistic Research and Academia (pp. 140–173). Leiden University Press.

These projects were exhibited at the Portuguese Photography Center from September 26th to November 8th, 2020.