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Luis Moro (Spain)
"Animal Cartography"

October 1 - October 30, 2016

Luis Moro

Artist Statement


“My work is based around the animal world and its relationship with man and his borders, marked by the countries’ geographical limitations, highways, cities, and industrial centers that are true walls for animal migrations. In particular, for the monarch butterfly on its long trip across North America and the development of different forms of life and the natural balance.There are maps of bison, real victims of human progress. The polar bear at a North Pole that is thawing as a metaphor of climate change and the consequences of a space marked by humans and the over exploitation of the planet. On the other hand, there are also pianola scores with musical slits in the paper pointing to the songs of birds, symbol of the relationship of nature with the artifices that coexist within it.”


- Luis Moro



"...An intrinsic task exists to creative work, that of discovering a world through observation, this takes us to the question of finding a parallel with the gatherer of images, he that finds in the world palpable species that use and transform as a way of artifice. A custom that is perhaps linked with this intimate form of understanding through a symbolic collectivity that escapes the curiosity box to make itself portable through the scrapbook of exploration and notes where the most significant finds in the cosmos are reproduced.


Luis Moro, in a task inherited from other travelers from the Old World, arrives in Mexico to explore the biodiversity, paraphrasing from other scrapbooks created in Oaxaca, but at the same time distinctly different from them. Moro looks for pure representation, away from myth and that regions’ traditions, creating his own fables starting from the overlapping of images in a kind of collage.


This way of transcribing nature, given its inverse proportions, from small to large and vice versa, allows us to peek into a fantastical world that coexists on the epidermis of the earth through the loose leaf pages of a bestiary that does not illustrate descriptions but creates them through its own surprising visual narrations…”


- Rafael Pérez y Pérez

  Assistant Director, SHCP Art Museum, Mexico City



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