© Tito Mouraz, courtesy galerie Voies Off

Tito Mouraz :: Casa das Sete Senhoras

Since 2014, Tito Mouraz is one of the photographer represented by the Voies Off gallery. His series 'Casa das Sete Senhoras' is a kind of biography of the territory in which he grows up.

 

Casa das Sete Senhoras

There’s a house in the region of Beira-Alta, in Portugal, that is said to be haunted by the ghosts of seven ladies. The series is comprised of raw, gloomy black and white portraits of people, animals and their surroundings. Exploring the myth of the place, the images depict night, fumes, the moon, sounds of the trees. Mouraz portrayed people that are attached to the land they live in like trees. The series aims to report a persistent return to the same place that shaped him in his childhood, as to show the changes and aging of the territory.

It is still said around here that the house is haunted. At the house lived seven ladies, all maiden sisters. One of them was a witch. On full moon nights, the ladies in their white garments would fly from the balcony to the leafy branches of the chestnut across the street. From there they would seduce men who passed by.

In the House of the Seven Ladies, chatting, getting to know what it was like before me, listening and imagining, was as important as the act of photographing. I started by doing some portraits of people. They interested me because they have always lived here and are attached to land just like trees. They speak about time, about their memories, their losses… many of them already dress in black.

This series gives an account of a persistent return to the same place, so as to scrutinize its differences (the slow deactivation of agricultural practices, the gradual transformation of the territory, aging …), in spite of listening to the same owl, to the same fox, to the same stories. Same as in legend, perhaps the magic and appalling features, this cyclical experience, were my greatest wound: night, fumes, corpses, moon, ruin, sounds. A place of affections, after all I was also born here.

Tito Mouraz

 

Tito Mouraz

Tito Mouraz was born 1977 in Portugal. He finished the Visual Arts and Photography course in the Superior Art School of Oporto (Escola Superior Artística do Porto) in 2010, being this the city where he lives and works currently. Exhibits regularly since 2009 in Portugal and abroad, being the most relevant exhibitions in Encontros da Imagem de Braga (2010, 2013 and 2014), Módulo – Centro Difusor de Arte, Lisbon (2011 and 2013) and Museu da Imagem, Braga (2013). Winner in 2013 of The Emergentes DST International Photography Award and the Portfolio Review Award, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa. He is represented by Módulo - Centro Difusor de Arte - Lisbon in Portugal and by the Voies Off Gallery - Arles in France . His work is present in the BES Art public collection and in some private collections.

(...) For this photographer, landscape does not mean something one describes, represents or witnesses, but a place which is inhabited by tension and where the visible elements seem to invoke not only material presence, but also absences, spirits and magic.

Nuno Crespo

 

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