"In this series of works I invited intimate friends over to tell me a secret as I took their portrait. However, my intention was not to hear their secret, but to capture the expressions of each one at the moment they revealed their secret."
You do not want to hand over Lucas Simões your senior portrait unless you're mentally prepared to have your face completely obstructed. This Brazilian (holla at my fellow South Americans) takes portrait photographs and annihilates it by cutting it up, pasting it back together in formulaic layers, called them "desretratos" or in English, de-portraiting.
His geometrically laser cut and layered portraits are destructive and precise. They are fun to look at not only because they are aesthetically pleasing, but simply because it is impressive craftsmanship.
While the artist's presence is very apparent in the cut-up portraits, the burnt photographs have more of an organic and mysterious essence. The photographs below are one of my favorites from his series Quem Brinca com Fogo (Who Plays with Fire) where he burns photographs that he has found from different sources.
"To burn pictures is a way of physically erasing a memory, so with time, what was burnt will disappear from your memory."