Portuguese photographer Nuno Moreira latest work ZONA plunges deeply into the unconscious by visually giving form to recurrent dreams and explorations on interior landscapes. ZONA is a series done between Tokyo and Lisbon and best understood in book format with accompanied words by writer José Luis Peixoto.
Similar to theater, or perhaps cinema, ZONA was choreographed from scratched and based on different sketches and diaries by the author. The live-performance that triggered this series was motivated by a series of dreams that were afterwards manifested in different artworks and in a single day-shooting in Tokyo that culminated in a special edition artist book.
ZONA is a straight look into the dark corners of the human mind and a necessity to give them shape through pictures. The author gets closer to his main subject matter: thoughts, dreams, archetypes, the unknown. The resulting work is a sensuous interior journey. A silent and by all means dark book that asks to be discovered time and again. Although these themes are difficult to address and even speak about, the approach is clear and similar to conceptual photography or cinema.
The pictures in ZONA are both symbolic and puzzling. Like all good mysteries there’s enough ambiguity for the viewer to bring their own imagination into play.