Andreia Alves de Oliveira concluded her practice-based PhD in 2015, under the supervision of Professor David Bate and Professor Joram ten Brink, and with the support of a PhD scholarship from the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM).

Andreia’s thesis, titled The Politics of the Office: Space, Power and Photography examines the relations between power and space in the work environment typical of service-based society, the office, by documenting the offices of actual corporations based in the financial and business areas of London: the City and Canary Wharf. Based on the hypothesis that space has an influence on how people are made to work and to feel in the office environment, and underpinned by a theoretical study of the question within the disciplines of organisation theory, organisation psychology and architecture and office design, together with a Foucauldian understanding of power as power relations, the project aimed to question how power is exercised through the space in/of the image both in relation to work and working conditions in industrialized and service-based society, and their representations.

The project was exhibited at London Gallery West and it was published by Domus Magazine. It will soon appear on the websites Photomediations and Photomonitor, and was selected for Mostra’16 art fair in Porto, Portugal.

Andreia is currently a practising photo artist and a researcher in photography, having presented her work at several academic conferences, talks and publications.
Andreia holds an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster, having studied photography at the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, as one of the selected artists for the Foundation’s Creativity and Artistic Creation Programme. Before pursuing photography full time, Andreia studied law and worked as a lawyer.


Photo captions:

1. Reception, Advertising agency

2. Clients’ entertaining floor. Audit, tax and advisory services firm

3. Meeting room, Law firm

4. Back office, Professional services firm

5. Copy area, Reinsurance firm