Filipe Branquinho (1977) was born in Maputo, Mozambique, where he currently lives and works. He studied architecture first in Mozambique and then in Brazil, where he began a self-taught process exploring photography and art. Branquinho’s work addresses social issues in the reality of Mozambique, in particular the peoples’ ways of life, the mythologies and the urban dynamics. In his practice, he explores topics such as the difference of class, culture, politics, collective memory and labour conditions. In 2013, he was selected as a finalist for the BES Photo award with his Showtime series, and with the series Interior Landscapes (2011-2014), he won the Popcap’15 – International Prize for Contemporary African Photography.
Branquinho’s work is regularly showcased in galleries, museums, art fairs and festivals. Some of his solo exhibitions include: Gurué at Kulungwana Gallery (Mozambique: 2017); Botânica at FFLC (Mozambique: 2016–2017); Interior Landscapes at Galeria Av, das Índias (Portugal: 2017); Showtime at the Jack Bell Gallery (United Kingdom: 2013) and Ocupações at Galeria Bozart (Portugal: 2013). Some highlights of group exhibitions he has partaken in are African Passions at Palácio de Cadaval and(Portugal: 2018); Trek. at SMAC Gallery (South Africa: 2015); PiB – Photography in Berlin (Germany: 2015); Image Afrique. (Switzerland: 2015); ICI L’AFRIQUE – L’Afrique contemporaine par le regard de ses artistes at Musée des Suisses dans le Monde (Switzerland: 2014); Regarde-moi. at Photoquai in Musée du Quai Branly (France: 2013); Present Tense at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (France: 2013); and, finally, BES Photo at Instituto Tomie Ohtake and at the Berardo Collection Museum (Brazil and Portugal: 2013). His work has also been shown at the Venice Biennale in the Mozambique Pavilion (Italy: 2019) and at the following art fairs: Paris Photo, Magnin-A (France: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2018) and Joburg Art Fair, Kulungwana Gallery, Art d’Gema (South Africa: 2013 and 2018).
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