Title: Toros. The Marking of a Territory
Photographs: Maurizio Montagna
Editor: Elisa C. Cattaneo
Texts: Ethel Baraona Pohl, Elisa C. Cattaneo
Maps and Infographics: Erzë Dinarama
Graphic design: Nicolas Polli
Colour correction: Mario Govino
Project Assistant: Gaia Todeschini
Edition: 250 copies
Dimensions: 27 x 21 cm
Publisher: Artphilein Editions, Lugano
Year of publication: 2022
ISBN: 978 889 451 8689
The unmistakable silhouette of the Osborne bull is so deeply rooted in our minds, it has become a vernacular object in photography: widely used in art and cinema, due to its widespread recognizability and the powerful image it evokes, they could be considered one of the most potent images of the recent decade.
In Montagna’s photographies, the big Osborne signs an articulate and controversial dialogue with the surrounding areas. They become a means to describe the landscape, opening a diatribe with the social and natural environment and revealing the role of images as interference between public/and private, power/perception, politics and people.
Montagna’s images unveil the mechanisms of forming a disputable meaning in the landscape.