Mauro Vombe was born in Maputo, Mozambique, and still resides there, where he also started photographing in 2006.
Vombe’s work connects to his earlier experience in theatre, which extremely helped to reveal private feelings and was also responsible for creating a form of collective or individual representation. It also helped him to resonance with his experience as a news and events reporter.
In his work, he lays extreme importance at the inhuman conditions of informal public transportation in Maputo. The weakness of the passengers is expressed through their own uncomfortable and packed figures, and static faces. It often reveals the way the poor and the needy are tormented and stripped of their humanity.
Vombe has received numerous awards, both in his home country Mozambique as well as international. He participated in an exhibition dedicated to the 40 years of Mozambican photojournalism at Foundation Fernando Leite Couto. Later, he was an invited participant in the ”Catchupa Factory”, in Mindelo, Cape Verde.
Currently, Vombe is exposing his work at the Bamako Encounters, one of Africa’s most prestigious photography festivals, which is held in Bamako, Mali. The biennial combines the work of 85 photographers from the continent and diaspora.
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