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Art Dubai is the Middle East’s leading international art fair, taking place every March in Dubai, UAE.
Over the past 15 years, Art Dubai has cemented its role in being a major catalyst in the local, regional and international conversations on art from the Middle East and surrounding region (MENASA – Middle East, North Africa & South Asia), and putting art from these territories onto the global map.
As one of the world’s most international art fairs, Art Dubai has further expanded its commitment to cultivating a culture of discovery, offering exciting new global perspectives and broadening conversations about art beyond traditional western-led geographical scopes and narratives. The fair drives meaningful engagement with the rich cultural heritage and contemporary art practices of the region and extending to territories across Southeast and Central Asia, the African continent, and Latin America through presentations across its gallery sections.
Filipe Branquinho was born in 1977 in Mozambique and he currently lives and works in Maputo.
Branquinho is a multi-talented artist, he studied architecture and follows a dual career as a photographer and illustrator.
Brought up in an environment closely connected to Maputo’s journalistic and artistic spheres, Branquinho’s aesthetic combines familiarity with the architecture and the “school” of Mozambican photography; Raised among big names such as Ricardo Rangel, Kok Nam, and José Cabral, Filipe fuses genres like portrait and landscape and proposes a reflection on social issues related to the contemporary reality of Mozambique, its folkways, mythology and urban dynamics.
Branquinho’s works have been selected for a number of group and solo exhibitions in Mozambique, Brazil, Portugal, and South Africa. Filipe was one of the selected artists to represent Mozambique at La Biennale di Venezia 2019.
Gonçalo Mabunda was born in 1975 in Mozambique and currently lives and works in Maputo.
He’s interested in the collective memory of his country which has only recently emerged from a long and terrible civil war and he works with arms, recovered in 1992, at the end of the sixteen-year conflict that divided the region.
Gonçalo gives anthropomorphic forms to AK47s, rocket launchers, pistols, and other objects of destruction. His work takes on a striking Modernist edge akin to imagery by Braque and Picasso. The deactivated weapons carry strong political connotations and convey a positive reflection on the transformative power of art and the resilience and creativity of African civilian societies.
Goncalo was selected for the exhibition ‘All the World’s Futures’ during Biennale Arte Venezia 2015 and for Biennale Arte Venezia 2019 he was one of the selected artists to represent Mozambique.