Mario Macilau honoured as one of Foreign Policy's 2015 Leading Global Thinkers

December 1, 2015

Ed Cross Fine Art is delighted to announce Mario Macilau's inclusion in Foreign Policy Magazine's 2015 list of Leading Global Thinkers under the category of Chroniclers for his remarkable work in "Erasing stereotypes about street children"

Foreign Policy writes:
Mario Macilau's photography series Growing in Darkness, captures the street youth of Mozambique's capital in their adopted living spaces, including the undersides of bridges and abandoned buildings. in the black-and-white images shadows represent the urban children's marginalisation - like their peers in other African cities, many collect trash or scrap metal - while the contrast of natural light emphasises their humanity. "They might be wearing dirty T-shirts , but...in the photographs they are clean. That's because the light is beautiful, their expression is beautiful" says Maculau.

Remarkably, Macilau, whose series featured in the Venice Biennale, lived on the streets for some of his own childhood. "it is from this position as a friend that i managed to capture their existence: the adversity of their environments, the endurance of their young but possibly condemned bodies, and their resilience that, daily, defies the inhumanity of their hardships.