Yesterday I went on a MOZE hunt in my neighborhood. I’m not exactly sure why I go hunting for MOZE tags and throw ups. It is kind of like photographic documenting version of collecting.
I don’t photograph graffiti very often in my work. I feel that the art of graffiti is art and should more or less be left at that; however, I find MOZE to be a bit of an obsession. First of all MOZE is very active in my own neighborhood of Kasai. I see his tags, sticker slaps, and throw ups in my daily life. MOZE’s work is part of my neighborhood. I feel I need to document my interactions with MOZE even though we communicate via spray paint and my camera.
MOZE is a bit of a mystery that I am trying to solve. Who is this writer? Is MOZE Japanese or a foreigner? I have ben seeing his tags for years now, and I am just compelled to go hunting for his work about once a year. I am compelled to interact with MOZE. Throw the photographic endeavors we engage in a distant form of communication. On one of MOZE’s pieces he painted “Who Are You? by MOZE” He is searching for the identity of another graffiti writer who’s work MOZE in unfamiliar with.
Big time respect for the mad bomber of Kasai, MOZE.