Macilau was born in 1984 in Maputo, Mozambique.
As the plants do not choose a garden where they sprout and
blossom, the young Mozambican photographer Mário
Macilau was born in the newly independent Mozambique, in
the midst of the most critical phase of the civil war in
Around 1960 Macilau 's family struggled financially and
moved from the Inhambane province to the capital Maputo
to look for better life conditions.
Mário was 10 years old he began working in a small
market frequented by the middle/upper class, washing cars
in the station park and helping to carry the groceries in
an effort to support his family
Macilau started photographing in 2003, turning professional
in 2007. He sees photography as an arena for creative and
active expression. His works alternate between conceptual
photography and long term documentary projects, focusing
on contemporary issues as well as cultural heritage, dealing
with post conflict environments and urban and rural areas,
creating a relation between people and time/space.
Al Jajeera's feature on new African photography with Mario
here to watch the video.