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SELECTED WORKS BY Mário Macilau

Purification of the Soul (The Zionist series)
Mário Macilau
Purification of the Soul (The Zionist series)

2010

Print on cotton rag paper

120 x 80 cm
Mário Macilau’s ambitious path towards becoming a social documentary photographer began with a symbolically charged instance. At the age of fourteen, while walking down Vladimir Lenin Avenue in Maputo he shot his first image with a borrowed camera, capturing a woman selling cassava in a street market. From that site, marked by the name of a political leader whose revolution was imported to Africa, his personal utopia took him to travel the world as a professional photographer. The artist’s photographs, which unveil the human condition under the oppression of injustice and the hardship of poverty, have been exhibited internationally.
Children of Jesus (The Zionist series)
Mário Macilau
Children of Jesus (The Zionist series)

2010

Print on cotton rag paper

120 x 80 cm
Macilau embarks in long standing thematic essays, constructing a narrative that, by means of a certain epic realism, produces ambivalent images of arresting power, as they are simultaneously crude and beautiful, mesmerizing and heartbreaking.
His subject matter is found in African living conditions, social imbalance, environmental disaster and waste, all issues that overwhelm daily life in his city of birth, Maputo, where he continues to live.
My Toy (The Zionist series)
Mário Macilau
My Toy (The Zionist series)

2010

Print on cotton rag paper

120 x 80 cm
Sharing concern with many of his contemporaries, the artist’s labour series comprising of images of hard working conditions in cement plants or dump sites of Nairobi and Maputo, proposes a fresh approach to the burning issue of alternative economies, which is at the center of contemporary socio-economic debates.
Peace (The Zionist series)
Mário Macilau
Peace (The Zionist series)

2010

Print on cotton rag paper

120 x 80 cm
As in the film City of God, where a young photographer strives to record the beauty and terror of his environment and attempts to make a career to soothe the dystopia of underdevelopment, Mário Macilau is a vivid example of resilience and vision amid turbulent waters.

Text © Gabriela Salgado

Mário Macilau's BIOGRAPHY

Mário Macilau
Born in 1984, Maputo, Mozambique
Lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2013
Mário Macilau, Galeria Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon (programmed for April)

2012
Living on the Edge, Kuona Art Trust, Nairobi, Kenia
Taking Place, Gallery Influx Contemporary, Lisbon

2011
Life goes on, Mediateca do BCI, Mozambique
Wood and Deforestation, Kokopelli Festival 2011, Belgium

2009
Terra de Boa Gente, Instituto Camões, Maputo

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
NATURA, Paisagem e Natureza, Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga, Portugal, curated by Alda Galsterer ( July-August)

2012
Convergências, Alliance Française, Madrid, Spain & King’s Place, London, UK
Dak’art Biennial OFF 2012
Crossing Point Residency, Les Rencontres d’Arles 2012, France

2011
Africa. See me, see you! Photo Spring Festival, Beijing, China
BESPhoto, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
BESPhoto, Berardo Museum Collection, Lisbon, Portugal
São Tomé Biennial 2011, São Tomé Island
Bamako Biennial 2011, Mali
Common Language, curated by Miguel Amado, for PLMJ Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
South is the new North, Gallery Influx Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Hasselblad Master Finalist, Studio, London, UK
Hasselblad Master Finalist, Siren Studios, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Hasselblad Master Finalist, Shoot NYC, (La Venue), New York City, U.S.A.
Hasselblad Master Finalist, Delight Studios, Berlin, Germany

2010
Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa, Tarifa, Spain
VI Certamen de Fotografia Digital, Santa Lucia, Spain
32ste Internationaal Fotofestival, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Lagos Photo, Lagos, Nigeria
Mulheres e Fronteiras - Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, Maputo, Mozambique
Dockanema Film Festival, Maputo, Mozambique
Bamako – Maputo, Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, Maputo, Mozambique
FotoArt, Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, Maputo, Mozambique
Gwanza Photo Festival, Harare National Museum of Art, Harare, Zimbabwe

2009
Bienal da TDM, Maputo Museum of Art, Maputo, Mozambique
Gwanza Photo Festival, Harare National Museum of Art, Harare, Zimbabwe
Month of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa
Sonhos Perdidos, Rua de Arte, Maputo, Mozambique
Cozinhas Ambulantes, Centro de Formação e Documentação Fotográfica, Maputo, Mozambique
Finalist of “UNICEF PHOTO OF THE YEAR”