FILIPE BRANQUINHO. LIPIKO

FILIPE BRANQUINHO. LIPIKO

29.06 – 5.11.2023

The exhibition, the second appointment of MUSEC’s Global Aesthetics project, presents some of the most recent series by Filipe Branquinho (Maputo, Mozambique, 1977), a Mozambican artist and one of the most authoritative, lucid and desecrating voices in African art.

The MUSEC exhibition, curated by Kristian Khachatourian and Lidija Kostic Khachatourian, presents around 30 large-scale works (mixed media on cotton paper and photographs) created between 2019 and 2022, in which Branquinho investigates social themes, popular customs, mythologies and urban dynamics of his country. His works, which combine tradition and contemporaneity, are shot through with a touch of humour and a keen sense for satire, as a strategy to bring to light the intertwined values and contradictions of Mozambique and common to other African countries. With his art, Branquinho aims to create a space in which social criticism, never an end in itself, contributes to the debate to improve the quality of life and the future of an entire community. Branquinho’s figurative universe often includes the traditional Mapiko masks of the Makonde, an ethnic group widespread in northern Mozambique. The artist uses the masks as caricatures to narrate real facts and people, as they were also sometimes used in the Makonde’s secret ritual dances. The title of the exhibition, Lipiko, refers precisely to the name of the dancer who wears the Makiko mask and embodies its disturbing spirit.

The project is in collaboration with AKKA Project