Deeply influenced by the place where he grew up, Tito Mouraz created a photographic series about the legend of a rural place, the House of the seven ladies, said to be hunted. The exhibition Casa das Sete Senhoras runs until May 31st at Galerie Voies Off in Arles.
There’s a house in the region of Beira-Alta, in Portugal, that is said to be haunted by the ghosts of seven women.
Deeply influenced by the place where he grew up, Tito Mouraz created a photographic series about the legend of this place.
“It is still said around here that the house is haunted. In the house 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 who passed by.
Cette série fait toujours référence au même endroit, une manière de témoigner des changements liés au temps (la lente désactivation des pratiques agricoles, la transformation progressive du territoire, le vieillissement,…) en dépit de l’écoute du même hibou, du même renard, des mêmes histoires.
Telle une légende, à la fois magique et effrayante, cette expérience cyclique a été ma plus grande blessure : la nuit, les fumées, les corps, la lune, les ruines, les bruits. Un lieu d’affection, mais après tout, je suis aussi né ici ».
This series is always about the same area , a way of witnessing the changes brought by time (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, perhaps magic and frightening this cyclical experience, was my greatest wound: the night, the fumes, the bodies, the moon, the ruins, the sounds. A place of affections, after all I was also born here.”
Casa das Sete Senhoras
From April 15th to May 31st, 2016
Galerie Voies Off
26 ter rue Raspail
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