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© 2019 by Akka Project | Producer of the The Pavilion of Mozambique 2019




[b. 1975, Mozambique]

Lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique

Goncalo Mabunda uses Kalashnikovs, rockets, pistols, rifles, bombs and grenades in order to create thrones, prehistoric animals with giant wings and legs, anthropomorphic robots of the most diverse expressions and characteristics.

In his installations the wooden kicks of AK-47 machine guns are turned into backrests, while rows of metal cartridges turn into hair on the head of a small metal man. By turning deactivated weapons of war into life-like figures, Mabunda literally turns death into life.

“My pieces prove that objects of violence can be transformed into something positive and something beautiful. Not only that, but – to me – the reworked weapons represent the resiliency and creativity of African civilian societies.” said the artist.

By using recovered weapons, Mabunda’s work carries the message of how further violence can be prevented, and that destroying the weapons of war can be done in an aesthetic and artistic way.

Exhibits at Palazzo Mora


[b. 1974, Mozambique]

Lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique

Mauro Pinto it’s considered one of the most recognized contemporary photographers of Mozambique.

Through his lens, Mauro is celebrating the everyday world that surround him. His shots represents the ways of life of his country of origin and its people, both in the countryside and the city. For the body of works “the milieu” he’s entering in people lives to document and show to the world the complex and tough life of this social class. In his shots he is able to represent people's lives and their feelings through the places and objects of the people he wants to describe. Through a skilful use of light and space his shots are full of social and emotional tension able to involves the viewer and bring it into the scene.

Exhibits at Palazzo Mora


Filipe Branquinho (born 1977, Maputo) studied in architecture and follows a dual career as a photographer and illustrator.


Filipe Branquinho's aesthetic is inspired by his architectural training and by the mozambican school of photography where growing up among big names of mozambican photography such as Ricardo Rangel, Kok Nam and José Cabral proved paramount.



In a project now underway entitled "Lipiko", in which he uses mapiko masks of the Maconde tradition , he associates drawing and photography with a strong sense of satire to propose a reflection on aspects and values ​​of contemporary national affairs.


From the colonial period to post-socialism, Mapiko's performance, a traditional initiation rite, allows the expression of an invisible magic world but also of social criticisms and staged identities. These Mapiko masks can be, traditionally, caricatures of characters of a magical (imaginary) world or real known characters from the community or region.


In the previous series there have been several photographic projects that propose a reading of the current reality of Mozambique, generally about urban identity, people and their space in the city, between memories and the present, current national affairs and tradition: "Occupations "(portraits of anonymous inhabitants in their places of work or life - PHOTOQUAI 2013 and Revue Camera, Paris, nº 2, 2013); «Showtime», 2013 (portraits of women on a return to Rua Araújo that evoked Rangel and Cabral); «Interior Lanscapes» (Maputo architectures and the reuse of old spaces of colonial times - POPCAP 15 Prize for African Photography); «Gurué 15 ° 28 'S 36 ° 59' E" (the immense landscapes of tea in Zambézia). 


It is a body of work with an evident thematic coherence and no use of shortcuts or exoticism.

Exhibits at Palazzo Mora




Minister of Culture and Tourism
of the Republic of Mozambique


Permanent Secretary of the Ministry
of Culture and Tourism
of the Republic of Mozambique




Lidija, in a typical year can be found traversing the globe, seeking emerging talent at art events and art hubs that span the Middle-East, Africa, and Europe. With her special focus in African Contemporary Art, she has been producing shows and exhibitions in Dubai since 2014. 
Lidija works as international artist representative, art consultant and exhibition organiser as well as curator at AKKA Project.

Works and lives in Dubai - UAE

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