Friday Fry Up: Tito Mouraz

01.12.16

For Tito Mouraz, 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.

In the Beira-Alta region of Portugal, where Tito Mouraz was born and brought up, there is a house that is said to be haunted by the ghosts of seven women, all maiden sisters. One of them was a witch. On nights of the full moon, the women, in their white gowns, would fly from their balcony over to the leafy branches of the chestnut across the street. From there they would seduce men who passed-by.

Mouraz explores the myth of this place through raw, moody black and white images that capture the sense of the night, the fumes, the moon, the sounds of the trees. It is an environment where the past resonates deeply and within which the people portrayed seem attached, like trees, to the land in which they live. Beira-Alta shaped Mouraz as a child and through his persistent return he searches out the slow changes of time through the gradual aging and transformation of a landscape.

Tito Mouraz, b. 1977, Portugal, studied Visual Arts and Photography at the Superior Art School of Oporto (Escola Superior Artística do Porto). He has exhibited extensively since 2009 in Portugal and abroad at Módulo Gallery (Lisbon); Format International Photography Festival (UK); Blanca Berlin Gallery (Spain); Museu da Imagem (Portugal); Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland); Festival Circulation(s), Paris (France); Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (Lisbon); Voies Off Gallery, Arles (France) and Encontros da Imagem, Braga (Portugal).

He is the winner of the 2013 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) and in France by Voies Off Gallery (Arles). His work is present in the BES Art public collection and in some private collections. See more of Tito’s work at – titomouraz.com