Moira Forjaz | Zimbabwe

“Photography has always been there for me in many ways. I didn’t like the solitude of painting. I liked the way the photographic medium took me out and forced me to be an extravert” 

Moira Forjaz was born in 1942 in Zimbabwe and currently lives and works in Ilha de Mozambique.

She graduated in Graphic Arts from the School of Arts and Design in Johannesburg, and worked as a photojournalist in Southern Africa since 1975 and as a photographer and documentary director of the arts of Mozambique.

As a photographer, Forjaz learned a lot from great South African photographers, such as Jurgen Schadaberg, David Goldblatt, and Sam Haskins while as a film director, she was influenced by Jean Rouch and Jean-Luc Godard.

Forjaz’s images tell stories of exploitation and liberation, but there are collections of photographs on music and the extraordinary heritage of the Ilha de Moçambique, where the lessons of Mozambique’s history are compressed into architecture, cuisine, and traditions of a space of just over a square kilometer. Forjaz’s photography, despite its political character, is far from propagandistic and shows us a keen eye for humanity, deeply empathized individually and collectively.

Selected group exhibitions:

Photo Basel, Virtual Edition, AKKA Project

Photo London, Virtual Edition, AKKA Project

Ilhéus, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida

Mozambique: Exploring The In-Between, AKKA Project, Venezia

Insider/ Outsider: Reflections, David Krut Bookstore & Gallery 151, Johannesburg, South Africa

Previous projects:

Mozambique 1975/1985 with striking episodes of colonial history, anti-apartheid struggle, the battle for Zimbabwe, and the national reconstruction in Mozambique, represented with humor and a human touch. 

Islanders / Ilhéus

Ilha de Moçambique, dedicated to this small, unique island of great historical and social importance, off the coast of Mozambique’s Nampula province that in 2018 celebrated its 200th anniversary. Photographed in the reportage style, Moira Forjaz’s images are honest and fair reflections of the relationships she has built on the island, and also of Ilha de Moçambique’s captivating reality.


Selected Works