Maputo's Bairro Aeroporto: life, art and representation

Art Photographed by Simone Faresin at Mozambique

By Virtual Museum of Lusophony

Wall´s art in a house of Neighborhood Airport (20th Century) by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Street Art 

The "Bairro Aeroporto" is located in Maputo, Mozambique. Because of its location, next to one of the main airports in the country, the neighborhood is busy and multicultural. A symbol of transversality in which various voices and artistic references emerge, such as Malangatana, Shikhani, João Timane, among other names.

Mr. Paul - Street Art (20th Century) by Mr. PaulVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Graffiti by the artist Mr. Paul on one of the streets of the Airport Neighborhood.

Spoil of Malangatana in Neighborhood Airport (20th Century) by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Street art, by Malangatana, in the Airport Neighborhood.

Photography by Simone Faresin (20th Century) by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Work by Mr. Paul (20th Century) by Mr. PaulVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Engraving of the man in a sea (20th Century) by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Graffiti on post at Neighborhood Airport (20th Century) by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Work of the artist Malangatana in an open mural (21th Century) by Virtual Museum of LusophonyVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Malangatana is a main reference in the Mozambican artistic context. He was born in 1963, in the city of Matalane, in Mozambique. Artist and poet, Malangatana is internationally known for working in a variety of media (drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, murals, poetry and music). He studied engraving and ceramics at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Portugal. He died in 2011, in Matosinhos, Portugal.

Arsénio Artmoz (20th Century) by Arsénio ArtmozVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Arsenio Artmoz

One of the most promising artists from the new generation of the Airport Neighborhood, Arsenio Magagule, better known as Arsenio Artmoz, is a young Mozambican artist. Arsenio Artmoz studied at the Instituto Superior de Comunicação e Imagem de Moçambique. His work is deeply linked to his personal experience in Maputo, where he lives, especially with the streets of the airport district.

Work equipment from Arsenio Artmoz (21th Century) by Arsénio ArtmozVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Shikhani (1984). Arsénio Artmoz´s property chart (20th Century) by ShikhaniVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Ernesto Shikhani's work, owned by Artmoz.

Shikhani is one of the great names in Mozambican art.

Arsenio Artmoz was born in 1934, in the Marracuene district. Initially, he dedicated himself to sculpture, but later, in the 1970s, he would also explore painting.

His first exhibition was in 1968, in Matalane. In 1973, he received a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Portugal.

João Timane (20th Century) by Ivan AlageVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Interview by Ivan Alage (Flash Report) with the artist João Timane.

Born in 1990, João Timane is, nowadays, one of the most well known artists in the Airport Neighborhood, and even in Africa. In 2000, he won the first biennial TDM design award.

Self Portrait by João Timane (21th Century) by João TimaneVirtual Museum of Lusophony

João Timane - a self-portrait of the Mozambican painter.

Mandela painting by João Timane (21th Century) by João TimaneVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Portrait of Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1993.

African Woman by João Timane (21th Century) by João TimaneVirtual Museum of Lusophony

"Woman" by João Timane.

Mia Couto painting by João Timane (21th Century) by João TimaneVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Self-portrait of João Timane and artistic representation of the writer Mia Couto.

Portrait of Mia Couto.

Self Portrait by João Timane (21th Century) by João TimaneVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Credits: Story

Collection of the Virtual Museum of Lusophony

Cover photo: Valéria Rodrigues
Photography: Simone Faresin
Video: Ivan Alage

REFERENCES:

Chabal, P. (1994). Vozes moçambicanas: literatura e nacionalidade. Lisboa: Vega.

Navarro, J. (Org.) (1998). Malangatana (álbum). Lisboa: Caminho.

Pereira, F. (1998). Falar de Malangatana, ouvir ecos de Malangatana. In J. Navarro (Org.), Malangatana (álbum). Lisboa: Caminho.

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