Mário Macilau

Mário Macilau (1984 - ) lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique. A multi-disciplinary artist, he’s best known for photography. He specializes in long-term photography projects that address the complex realities of human labour and environmental conditions. He started his journey as a street child of 14 that turned photographer on the streets of Maputo in 2003, becoming professional when he traded his mother’s mobile phone for his first camera in 2007. Macilau was shortlisted for the 2019 Mast Award, was a finalist for the UNICEF Photo of the Year in 2009, and the Greenpeace Photo Award in 2016, and is in the permanent collection of the Pompidou Centre. He has exhibited widely in Africa, Europe, and India and was also included in the 56th Venice Biennale.