Image banks are storage platforms where you can find and acquire the rights to use Stock Images: already made, prefabricated visual material. The existence of this resource accompanies the acceleration in the demands of advertising and design, feeding printed media and mainly the unceasing circulation of visual information on the internet. Famous for their lack of personality and their almost anonymous authorship, Stock Images are born to be reborn.
"Queima de Stock" is an online exhibition of free videos, panned from image banks and chosen for causing some estrangement in the face of these digital limbos of hollow images.
In portuguese, a clearance sale is referred to as “queima de estoque”, “stock burn”. The name “Queima de Stock” is a wordplay between this expression and the term “Stock Images”.
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