Marcelo Moscheta, Terra incognita

Preview 25 November 2009, 6:30 pm
25 November 2009 – 23 January 2010
Critical text by Julia Trolp

The Galleria Riccardo Crespi presents Terra incognita, the first solo exhibition by the Brazilian artist Marcelo Moscheta in Italy.

A series of new works conceived by the artist specifically for this exhibition will be on display in the gallery.

Terra incognita takes its name from the expression used by cartographers on old maps to indicate regions that were unknown to them. But it is also the Latin tag given to scientific research in which the nature of the subject is still unidentified.

The guiding thread that runs through the exhibition is the desire to discover the unknown, to explore a landscape that is unfamiliar to us, the approach to a new land, one that is as strange as Italy is for Marcelo Moscheta.

In fact the artist has a strong interest in the Italian landscape owing to his distant Italian origins, even though he knows almost nothing about the country.

So the landscapes and places that he represents are seen through the eyes of a stranger, as if he were constructing another reality, parallel to the first but no less real. An aleph that that is at one and the same time close to and very remote from everyday reality.

Thus in Marcelo Moscheta’s works we find an explicit appreciation of the land, understood as geographical territory and location that is presented to the viewer precisely through the use of cartography, geology, geography and archaeology.