Mário Macilau, ‘Untitled’, Museum of African Design (MOAD)

The dump is located seven kilometers from downtown Maputo, the capital of Mozambique and its largest city. There is no treatment of garbage and the Hulene Dump is the only destination for all the garbage that the city produces. Waste burning has been going on continuously in the dump site for over 10 years, representing a serious public health hazard, in particular to those who are living there (or surviving).

In the dump, you can find a group of more than 700 people who make a living out of the dump, either by separating and selling recyclables goods, or by living out of whatever they find to be edible or useable.

Image rights: Photographer: Louis Grobler Artwork copyright holder:Mário Macilau

About Mário Macilau

Mozambican, b. 1984, based in Maputo City, Mozambique

Solo Shows

2015
Kulungwana Gallery, 
Maputo, Mozambique,
Nada Como O Tempo
2015
Fotofestiwal, 
Łódź, Poland,
Growing In Darkness
2015
The Auction Room, 
London, UK,
The Road Not Taken
2014
Cape Town, South Africa,
Fora da Cidade
2014
Lisbon, Portugal,
Moments Of Transition
2013
Lisbon, Portugal,
Mário Macilau
2012
Kuona Art Trust, 
Nairobi, Kenya,
Living On The Edge
2012
Gallery Influx Contemporary, 
Lisbon, Portugal,
Taking Place
2011
Mediateca do BCI, 
Mozambique Island, Mozambique,
Life Goes On
2011
Kokopelli Festival 2011, 
Brussels, Belgium,
Wood & Deforestation

Group Shows

2015
Venice, Italy,
Holy See Pavilion
2015
Weil am Rhein, Germany,
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design
2014
London, UK,
Pangea: New Art from Africa & Latin America
2011
São Paulo, Brazil,
BESPhoto
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