[new topographics from the interior of the state of são paulo-brazil]

According to the writer and curator Luisa Duarte (IN: Rio Branco, Miguel – Crosswords, dreamed, stolen, used, bled. São Paulo, SP-Brazil. IMS. 2020) and, according to the Benjaminian concept (Walter Benjamin – essayist, German Jewish literary critic, translator, philosopher and sociologist; 1892-1940) on the temporality of works of art “a work of art does not have to be understood in time, but time in the work” because they contain “an intensive and not extensive temporality”.

I like that vision, that approach. In the case of my series of photographs named vernacular landscapes: new topographics from the interior of the state of São Paulo my focus is, in fact, time; that is, I would like to show the changes in these landscapes that the passage of time – and the actions of Man – brought about. The time here for me is a subsurface layer, dermal, even hypodermic, of all those layers that a photograph has in my vision.


  1. David · February 14

    I’m fascinated by the gas station that’s displaying photographs of I assume other gas stations or earlier iterations of this station.


    • Antonio Mozeto · February 15

      thanks for your comment, David … yes, the photos we see in the background are old photos of the same gas station that had different names at different times … this is what attracted me to make the photos ….


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