This summer, Voies Off Gallery exhibits the latest series by Portuguese photographer Tito Mouraz titled Casa Das Sete Senhoras (The House of the Seven Women). Locally Beira-Alta, in Portugal, there is a the house haunted by Seven Women… The show runs until September 25th, 2016.
« It is still said around here that the house is haunted. In the house there lived seven women, 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 tree across the street. From there they would seduce men passing-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 the 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 the changes (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. As in a legend, both magic and frightening this cyclical experience, was my greatest wound: night, fumes, corpses, moon, ruin, sounds. A place of affections, after all I was also born here ».
Casa Das Sete Senhoras
Booksigning on July 7 at 6.30pm
Opening View on July 7 at 7.30pm
From July 4 to September 25th, 2016
Galerie Voies Off