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Mário Macilau - Kamana Silva, Moments in Transition series

Kamana Silva, Moments in Transition series
2014
Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper
80x120 cm
60x90 cm
Edition of 6 on each size + 2AP

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Mário Macilau (1984, Mozambique) was born in Maputo where he currently lives and works.

His work has been recognized with many awards, and he was a finalist of Unicef Photo of the Year in 2009. His work has featured regularly in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both in his home country and abroad, including: The Month of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa, 2009; The Pan African group exhibition in the Biennale of African Photography, Bamako, Mali, 2011; VI Chobi Mela Photo Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2011; Photo Spring festival in Beijing, China 2011; Lagos Photo in Nigeria, 2011; BESphoto at CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, Portugal, 2011; Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo in Brazil, the KLM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2012; The Johannesburg Art Fair, 2013; Les Recontres Picha in Lubumbashi, RD Congo, 2013 and The Biennale Arts Actuels in Saint Dinis, Reunion Island, 2013, Saatchi Gallery’s Pangaea : Art from Africa and Latin America, 2014, In the Beginning the World Became Flesh at the Vatican Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015, Making Africa at the Vitra Museum, Basel, and the Lodz Photofestival, 2015.
Mário Macilau is one of Africa’s most exciting photographers – his powerful and sensitive work has been widely exhibited to growing critical acclaim.


Macilau, who is a painter as well as a photographer, started his journey in to photography in around 2003 from the streets of Maputo. His career began in earnest when he traded his mother's cell phone for his first camera in 2007. He specializes in long term projects often focusing on socially and economically marginalized groups.


Macilau’s Growing on Darkness series is part of the Vatican Museum’s exhibition at the 2015 Venice Biennale and works from his Moments of Transition series celebrating the style of young Mozambicans features prominently in Vitra Museum’s acclaimed Making Africa show.

“As a photographer, I believe in the power of images and I've been exploring the relationship that exists between the environment, human beings, and time. Photography has connected me to incredible moments and experiences and all the places have taught me something valuable... I usually work on long-term projects which allow me to understand the stories before I even use the camera. I am then able to capture those moments after I've spent a lot of time with them and we have earned each others' trust.”