Cine theater Africa, Engine Room, 2014
Inkjet printing on Hahnmuhle Rag paper
Image : 60 x 90 cm
Paper : 70 x 100 cm
Edition of 2 ex + 1 AP
CM H 60 W 90
IN H 23.62 W 35.43Certificate of authenticity - Signed by artist
Cine theater Africa, Engine Room, 2014
Branquinho addresses issues of social content focused in the reality of Mozambique, especially the ways of life of the population, the mythologies and the urban dynamics. In his practice, he explores topics such as the difference of class, culture, politics, collective memory or the labour conditions.
His style combines his architectural affiliation and his familiarity with the "school" of Mozambican photography, fusing genres as the portrait and landscape. The portraits of large format, in which the models pose for the photographer in their environments of work or residence, are a strong brand of his work. Those are at the same time individual portraits and the "survey" or the inventory of social spaces and architecture. He suggests personal stories; outlines a documentary map of a changing African world, but disappoints any expectation for exoticism
Filipe Branquihno grew up during the Mozambique Civil War, surrounded by journalists and artists, his interest in photography was born from contact with the greatest names in Mozambican photography such as Ricardo Rangel, Kok Nam or José Cabral. He studied architecture in Mozambique and continued his studies in Brazil, where he trained in photography and self-taught art.
Through his work, Filipe Branquinho explores the reality of Mozambique, the lifestyles of its inhabitants, its mythology and its urban dynamics. It addresses social issues such as class disparities, culture, politics, collective memory and working conditions. His style blends his view of architecture linked to his training and his familiarity with the "school" of Mozambican photography, merging the genres of photography and landscape. Large-format portraits in which the model poses in the heart of his work environment or in his home are the hallmark of his work. Both a portrait of an individual and an architecture, his photographs seem to document and draw the map of an African world in transformation while refusing to satisfy all expectations of exoticism.
In 2013, with his Showtime series, Filipe Branquihno was a finalist for the BES Photo Award. Then in 2015, with the series Interior Landscapes (2011-2014) he won the Popcap'15 prize - international prize for contemporary African photography.Read more
MAGNIN-A is a contemporary art gallery founded in 2009 in Paris by André Magnin and directed by Philippe Boutté. They are acknowledged experts in Contemporary and Modern African Art. Sharp eyed for new talents, the MAGNIN-A gallery represents established and emerging artists.
MAGNIN-A works with passion and determination for the promotion and the diffusion of its artists' work on the greatest Arts Fairs and International Exhibitions.
Independent curator since the late 1970's, André Magnin started working on non-western Contemporary Art in 1989 with the historic exhibition " Magiciens de la Terre" at the Centre Pompidou and at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris, exhibition for which he was co-curator. He then became the head of the C.A.A.C.-The Pigozzi Collection, the most important collection of African Contemporary Art. During 20 years he shared his life between Europe and Africa. In 1996 he met Philippe Boutté who became his closest collaborator.
André Magnin has organized numerous exhibitions in prestigious museums, Art Centers and Foundations, worldwide: Out of Africa (Saatchi Gallery, London); African Art Now (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston); Malick Sidibé Mali Twist, Beauté Congo, J'aime Chéri Samba (Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris); Les initiés (Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris); Arts of Africa (Grimaldi Forum, Monaco); 100% Africa (Guggenheim, Bilbao); Why Africa ? (Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli); Africa : una nuova storia (Complesso del Vittoriano, Roma); ou encore African Stories (Marrakech); Alighiero e Boe...