More than a year ago I showcased some images from Nuno Moreira’s first photobook “State of Mind”. Nuno is a 33 year photographer from Portugal currently living and working in Tokyo. He began taking pictures for his second photobook ZONA shortly after completing the first one and it’s ready for release on 1st of December, 2015. The text given below has been taken from a press release for ZONA.
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance” said ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. The inward space is the basis for ZONA, the new book-project by Portuguese artist Nuno Moreira.
ZONA emerged directly from faded memories and notes from a dream-diary. It’s a visual exploration on a mental and physical space - an attempt to represent the unconscious mind and the symbolic nature of archetypes.
Nuno’s previous work, “State of Mind”, dealt with people absorbed and lost in their thoughts, in “ZONA” there’s a necessity to delve deeper into the particular and see how we think and what are our fundamental fears and emotions.
The narrative of the book follows a live-performance and is somewhat similar to a dream experience – one feels both familiarity, intimacy and strangeness. It is however this combination of mystery and ambiguity that makes the pictures all the more engaging.
ZONA shows Moreira investigating in shadows and discovering new means by which to speak about thoughts and the realms of the psyche. The result is a sensuous, quiet and dark book, delivering images with a memorable cinematic quality.
Format: Hardcover clothbound
Dimensions: 140 x 210 mm
Pages: 108 (30 photographs)
Texts by José Luís Peixoto (Portuguese/English/Japanese)
Publication date: December 2015
Price: 30 Euros