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The Other Side Of The Sea

Oporto – Nagasaki, common images

About the project


In the XVI century, a Portuguese ship weighed anchor in Oporto to call at the bay of Nagasaki, where a trading post was founded in 1571. Nagasaki became the first far-east business center for the Portuguese worldwide network of commerce-cities. Japan was one of the last steps of the “descobrimentos”, the Portuguese discoveries. 

The city of Oporto shares with Nagasaki the slopes and flagstone streets that lead us to the old harbor. They also share, since 1978, the status of sister cities, as the expression of a desire to keep relations between Portugal and Japan strong and alive.

I believe that travelling and telling is essential as a means of understanding and questioning the world that surrounds us. As a Portuguese living in France, I have travelled in several continents, and the Portuguese presence and communities have always intrigued me. What makes the Portuguese “spirit” travel ? What do the Portuguese take with them when they travel? What do they leave behind when they leave? And from a universal point of view, what makes the individuality of a place? And what exactly is it that unites places?

Porto – Nagasaki


“The other side of the sea / Oporto - Nagasaki, common images” is an exhibition that uses photography, video and text to present a bit of one city to the other, through an attentive, respectful and, naturally, subjective look.

A series of daily landscapes shows the cities as they are in their regular life - in dark and in light, simple and complex, mysterious and mundane. Here, photography plays the role of the recital in a classic way, to go and come back to tell. And it tries to leave free ground for the dialog between the images and those who look at them, between reality and imagination. Between both sides of the sea.

Porto – Nagasaki


This work is composed of four working steps.
In December 2012, from the 17th to the 30th, I was in Nagasaki to shoot the first images.
From January 29th until February the 5th I was in Oporto to continue the shooting.
The third stage consisted of choosing and editing the photos and videos, writing the text and paginating the book.
The fourth and last stage will be the exhibition itself and the presentation of the book. 

Already confirmed venues:
From October 12th to December 16th 2013, at the Former International Nagasaki Club at the Dejima Museum (Nagasaki, Japan).

From March 15th to May 11th 2014, at the Centro Português de Fotografia (Porto, Portugal).

Porto – Nagasaki

What are the funds for?

The project's global budget is 7 000 euros ($ 9 000 USD / ¥ 910 000): 3 000 € for printing the book, 3 000 € for printing the pictures and 1 000 € for travelling and shiping the photos. The venues and accomodation are already confirmed.

The 4 000 € set as a goal cover the essential costs for the exhibition to take place – printing the photos and shipping them.

Porto – Nagasaki

About the project owner

João Garcia (Lisbon, 1976)

After having studied Journalism in Portugal and Fine Arts in Spain, my experience as a photographer, designer and videographer led me to work with several artists and institutions in Portugal and abroad (Spain, France, Chile...).

Living in France since 2006, I continue working with artists and institutions in France and abroad (Japan, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Algeria...). I also share the direction of Antichambre graphic design studio and I am a part-time lecturer at the La Rochelle University.

After several individual exhibitions since 1999, today photography is the tool I use to experiment the strenght of image on questioning the strange beauty of daily life.

Porto - Nagasaki

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