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Tito Mouraz
The House of Seven Women

Photographs by Tito Mouraz

Text by Tito Mouraz, Nuno Crespo (English / Portuguese)

Design by Sérgio Couto

Dewi Lewis, 2016

Edition of 650 copies

Hardcover

108 pp., 55 b/w illustrations

240 x 300 mm

ISBN 978-1-911306-01-6

Item #2650

0.700 2650 EUR 35.00 Add to Cart

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Selected as one of the Best Books of 2016 by Colin Pantall, Sean O´Hagan

"A lovely book that tells the story of the Portuguese landscape and life through images and stories that reek of the superstitious, the supernatural and the super-black-and-white. A rich and evocative book."

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 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.

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