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Filipe Branquinho

Born in 1977, Maputo, Mozambique
Lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique

Filipe Branquinho grew up during Mozambique’s civil war in an environment closely connected to the world of journalism and the arts, becoming particulary  involved in the field of photography, through his contact with some of the greatest names in Mozambican photography, such as, Ricardo Rangel, Kok Nam and José Cabral. Branquinho studied architecture first in Mozambique but moved to Brazil to continue his studies where he began a process of self- taught exploration into photography and art.

Born in 1977, Maputo, Mozambique
Lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique

Filipe Branquinho grew up during Mozambique’s civil war in an environment closely connected to the world of journalism and the arts, becoming particulary  involved in the field of photography, through his contact with some of the greatest names in Mozambican photography, such as, Ricardo Rangel, Kok Nam and José Cabral. Branquinho studied architecture first in Mozambique but moved to Brazil to continue his studies where he began a process of self- taught exploration into photography and art.

Branquinho addresses issues of social content focused in the reality of Mozambique, especially the ways of life of the population, the mythologies  and the urban dynamic. In his practice, he explores topics such as the difference of class, culture, politics, collective memory or the labour conditions. His style combines his architectural affiliation and his familiarity with the "school" of Mozambican photography, fusing genres as the portrait and landscape. The portraits of large format, in which the models posing for the photographer in their environments of work or residence, are a strong brand of his work: at the same time that are individual portraits, the images are the "survey" or the inventory of social spaces and architecture, suggest personal stories, outline a documentary map of a changing African world, but denying the entire demand of exoticism.

In 2013 he was selected as a finalist for the BES Photo award with the Showtime series. With the series Interior Landscapes (2011-2014) won the Popcap'15 - International Prize for Contemporary African Photography.


 
About the series "Occupations"
This series of photographs is a small cutout of a photographic project called "Occupations" that began in early 2011. This set of pictures was held in Mozambican cities, in order to capture its spirit through architecture, landscape and its occupants. The focus of this work is a particular social group that represents a majority and that is present throughout the urban fabric: in large cities, in the suburbs, the coastal zone, in gated communities, etc.. Each photograph is unique and wants to dignify the portrayed in the exercise of their occupation and how it communicates with the space it occupies. It is in this set of pictures that cities are elucidated in the light that surrounds them, in the color palette and in the history of people who live there.

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Filipe Branquinho


Filipe Branquinho opens "Botânica" in Maputo

Club of Mozambique
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30.11.2016
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Filipe Branquinho


Paris Photo prend ses quartiers sous la verrière du Grand Palais

Exponaute

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By Agathe Lautréamont

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13.11.2015
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Filipe Branquinho


Mali's Showcase of Contemporary African Photography Returns in the Wake of Political Turmoil

Arsty

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By Sean O'Toole

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02.11.2015
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