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Born in 1977 in Maputo, Filipe Branquinho grew up as son of a photojournalist who was well connected in the art community. Thus the artist was early on confronted with the work of such famous Mozambican photographers as Ricardo Rangel, Kok Nam, and José Cabral. Branquinho studied architecture in Brazil but was always interested in photography, and pursued that passion when returning to Mozambique.
The photographer finds his subjects on strolls through the city. He started the project by photographing urban public employees, but then quickly moved on to also taking pictures of workers in other professions—athletes, firemen, domestic workers—and homeless people and kids. “Occupations” turned into a study of how people spend their time in the urban environment.
Branquinho’s current work includes the cinematography for short films under the titleJourney to the Center of Capricorn, directed by the Mozambican artist Rui Tenreiro. The short films point to the power and complexity of urban structures in constant degradation: “At the top of the gray anthill, in the center and at the zenith of this structure is the imperial cabinet, symbol of revolution and national power.”
Place of Birth: Maputo, Mozambique
Education: Graduated in Architecture by UEM (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo / Mozambique) and attended the same course at UEL (Universidade Estadual de Londrina / Brazil)
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