Mário Pires is a photographer from Lisbon, Portugal, who works with both digital and analog, as well as video, calligraphy and music. His exhibition at the Ephemere gallery is curated by Anne Murayama.

Titled “Bleak City,” the exhibition is dedicated to his hometown. “Bleak City was born out of my solitary walks around the city and my great love for Japanese photography of the 60s and 70s and its masters. These legendary photographers pushed the boundaries of what photography could be and showed us how their visual language could break stereotypes and feel alive and urgent,” Pires states. “These photographs are my way of showing that, unless citizens rethink the way cities are built and developed, we are heading for a very grim future.”