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Student Showcase Archive

David Barreiro

MA work

MA work

  • Construction


  • Steps


  • Brick formation

    Brick formation

  • Power drills

    Power drills

  • Up in the roof

    Up in the roof

A Breach of Margins

The project A Breach of Margins presents a series of fractures in the fundaments of various constructs. In the most literal interpretation, it reconfigures physical elements present in construction places, dragging their symbolic content in the process. Narrative lines trickle out through the open gap, allowing the work to graze different aspects of the subject: male performativity in relationship with physically demanding work, tensions between technology and manual labour, or the use of the human body as material. At a formal level, the staged photograph allows the introduction of defamiliarising devices, forcing the nuances of the topic to flow through the cracks present in an undermined photographic fourth wall. Ultimately, the work operates as a question: can play become emancipatory?



  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Photography, 2019

  • David Barreiro (b.1982, Pontevedra, Spain) is a Spanish photographer and artist currently living and working in London. In his practice, he focuses on human constructs, such as identity categories and institutionalised spaces and activities. His photographs fluctuate between the literality of documentary photography and the evocative tension and artificiality of the staged image.

  • Exhibitions

  • 'Langavitleysa', National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik, 2018; 'Behind the waterfall', Ramskram Gallery, Reykjavik, 2017; 'Un cierto panorama', Reciente fotografía de autor en España, Curated by Jesus Mico for the Sala Canal de Isabel II, Madrid (Spain), 2017; 'Edita: secuencia/sentido', Curated by Miguel von Hafe Pérez for the CGAC Contemporary Art Museum of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), 2015