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Dendroaspis Jamesoni Jamesoni, 2003

Dendroaspis Jamesoni Jamesoni, 2003
chromogenic print
signed, titled and numbered in ink (label, mount verso)
47 x 60in. (119.4 x 152.4cm.)
Guido Mocafico: Serpens, Steidl, Gottingen, 2007, unpaginated.

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Lot Essay

Unique print in this size. Artist's proof aside from the smaller-format edition of 4.

Guido Mocafico is neither a scientist nor a collector of curiosities, but a photographer and lover of art who partakes of the vocabulary and the colours of nature. He regards jellyfish, snakes and tarantulas as the creation of an unparalleled artist. A strange sensation emanates from his images, which combine a vision of the unknown with a large dose of mystery. With just the right amount of distance, Mocafico offers a contemporary view of the demiurge, showing us that we live in a world of illusion.

What animal has inspired as many legends as the snake? Demon, divinity, sacred animal, protector, ancestor -- the nature and importance of this creature's role has changed throughout history. These images look at this family of animals with a compelling biology, of which new species are still being discovered. Above all, he draws inspiration from one of the most subliminal products of nature to create great beauty.

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