The Scandal by Filipe Branquinho

VENUE: AKKA Project Dubai
START: 06.03.2022
END: 30.04.2022

AKKA Project is pleased to present The Scandal, the solo exhibition by Filipe Branquinho, from 06.03 to 30.04.2022.

The exhibition The Scandal captures and explores social issues related to the contemporary reality of Mozambique, investigating its folkways, mythology, and urban dynamics. 

“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”

Filipe uses Mapiko masks of the Maconde tradition, associating drawing and photography with a strong sense of satire to reflect the aspects and values ​​of contemporary national affairs. These Mapiko masks can be, traditionally, caricatures of characters of a magical (imaginary) world or real known characters from the community or region.

The works depict the overarching themes of worldwide greed and malaise. As an exhibition, it lays bare the socio-political void of Mozambique. 

In Gold we Trust, Mixed media on 100% cotton Paper, 140 x 120 cm

Filipe drew inspiration from the 2.7 billion dollar scandal circling the “tuna bond” debt crisis in Mozambique that led to international attention. The artworks depicting the sea and fish are a startling narration of how a tuna fishing fleet sunk Mozambique’s economy and rocked the country. The money which the government borrowed to set up a sophisticated tuna industry was allegedly diverted to corrupt officials. “Back in Mozambique, 19 individuals, including the son of former President Armando Guebuza, have gone on trial”. (BBC).

Filipe Branquinho, Atum (The Tuna), Mixed media on Innova 100% cotton rag 315 gsm, cm 112 x 236

The artwork series “From the School of Thieves” signifies a ‘’school of burglar fishes’’ and symbolizes the individuals’ actions when taking bribes. The message evoked is the social behaviour of the parties involved; how they follow each other blindly and coordinate in synchronization. “Since the crisis, Mozambique saw its currency lose a third of its value over the course of 2016, the year it defaulted.” (Retuers)

Filipe Branquinho, Ritzy Thief, from the School of Thieves, Mixed media on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching 350 gr, cm 64 x 74
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