Corinne Silva

Corinne Silva

United Kingdom, born in 1976

Rather than as a purely documentary record, the three parts that make up Imported Landscapes — the result of Corinne Silva’s discovery of the geomorphic similarities between the landscape of the south of Spain and that of Morocco — need to be approached as in situ installations. While crossing from the Moroccan coast near Tangier to the Algerian border, the British artist was forcibly struck by how closely the scenery resembled what she was familiar with in southern Spain. If factual analogies — of climate, flora, fauna, etc. — abound, the resemblance also stems from shared traditional trading practices, as well as from invasions and waves of migration. Silva then reinterprets these similarities by importing the Moroccan landscape over to the other side of the Straits of Gibraltar. Once back from her travels, she places giant posters of the photographs she took in Morocco on hoardings erected in the region of Murcia. These new, imaginary landscapes invite viewers to reconsider the relationship between North and South and the porosity of borders, simultaneously adding a new chapter to the venerable history of landscape photography.

London College of Communication, UAL — University of the Arts London, London, United
Kingdom, 2009 – 2013
University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom, 2007 – 2009
NTU — Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 1999 – 2002



Corinne Silva, New suburb of Tangier placed in former mining region La Unión, Murcia,
from the series Imported Landscapes, 2010
Inkjet print
80 x 100 cm
© Corinne Silva

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