Filipe Branquinho | Mozambique

“Filipe’s work is very deep, it digs into the heart of the Mozambique culture, politics, ways of living, the country’s natural beauty, costumes, corruption and its monstrosities.” Lidija Kostic Khachatourian, AKKA Project Founder.

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.

He’s currently working on a series entitled “Lipiko” in which he uses Mapiko masks from the Maconde tradition and then associates drawing and photography with a strong sense of satire to propose a reflection on aspects and values of contemporary national affairs. 

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.

Selected Exhibitions

The Scandal, AKKA Project Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Manufracture (coming soon)

Lipiko (ongoing)

Botânica, Fondation Fernando Leite Couto, Maputo, Mozambique

Interior Landscapes, Maputo architectures and the reuse of old spaces of colonial times

Temporary occupations, 20.11, Maputo, Mozambique

Showtime, portraits of women on a return to Rua Araújo that evoked Rangel and Cabral, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

Occupations, portraits of anonymous inhabitants in their places of work or life, Fnac, Montparnasse, Paris, France

Illustrations by Branquinho, Camões Institute, Maputo, Mozambique

Group Exhibitions:

African Identities, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy

Art Dubai, Gate Building, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Art Dubai, digital edition

Figures de Pouvoir, Group show, Online edition on Artsy

Photo Basel, digital edition

Photo London, digital edition

The Past the Present and the in-between, Filipe Branquinho, Goncalo Mabunda, Mauro Pinto, National Pavilion of Mozambique at the 58th International Art Exhibition, Biennale Arte 2019, Venice, Italy

Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, France

African Passions, Palais Cadaval, Evora, Portugal

Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Gurué,the immense landscapes of tea in Zambézia, Kulungwana, Galerie Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique

International Photography Festival, Cap Vert (Popcap’15)

Image Afrique, Basel, Switzerland, (Popcap’15)

Bamako Encounters, African Biennial of Photography, exhibition Telling time, National Museum of Mali

Africa Here / Ici l’Afrique – L’Afrique contemporaine à travers le regard de ses artistes, Château de Penthes, Geneva, Switzerland

Selected Works


Filipe Branquinho | A Photo London Academy Publication
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