Filipe Branquinho (born 1977, Maputo) has a degree in architecture and follows a dual career as a photographer and illustrator.
Branquinho addresses social issues, focusing on the reality of Mozambique, especially the ways of life of the population, mythologies and urban dynamics. In his practice, he explores topics such as class difference, politics, collective memory or work.
His style combines his architectural affiliation and his familiarity with the Mozambican photographic “school”, fusing genres such as portraiture and landscape. Your photos record individuals, usually typified in groups, in scenarios that identify them both personally and professionally, thus revealing their personality and their environments.
In a project now underway entitled “Lipiko”, in which he uses mapiko masks of the Maconde tradition, he associates drawing and photography with a strong sense of satire to propose reflection on aspects and values of national news.
In the previous series, there have been photographic projects that propose a reading of the current reality of Mozambique, in general about the urban identity, people and their space in the city, between memories and the present, national news and tradition: “Occupations” (portraits of anonymous inhabitants in their places of work or life – PHOTOQUAI 2013 and Revue Camera, Paris, 2, 2013); “Showtime”, 2013 (portraits of women returning to Rua Araújo that evoked Rangel and Cabral); “Interior Lanscapes” (Maputo architectures and the reuse of old spaces of colonial times – POPCAP 15 Prize for African Photography); “Gurué 15 ° 28 ‘S 36 ° 59’ E” (the immense landscapes of tea in Zambézia).
It is a work with evident thematic coherence and always without concessions to the ease or the exoticism.
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