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Mario Macilau

Mozambique

This self-taught photographer had his first solo show in Lisbon in 2009 and has since exhibited in London, Poland, Nairobi, Dubai, South Africa, and Belgium and has had group shows in France, Sweden, Spain, Senegal, and Italy.

(Born in 1984, Maputo, Mozambique. Lives and works in Maputo.)

Mário Macilau’s ambitious path towards becoming a social documentary photographer began with a symbolically charged instance. At the age of fourteen, while walking down Vladimir Lenin Avenue in Maputo he shot his first image with a borrowed camera, capturing a woman selling cassava in a street market. From that site, marked by the name of a political leader whose revolution was imported to Africa, his personal utopia took him to travel the world as a professional photographer. His photographs unveil the human condition under the oppression of injustice and the hardship of poverty.

Works by Mario Macilau

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