"Foreigners" - Temporary Occupations 2012 in Maputo

Genre : Festival | Maputo

From thursday 06 to thursday 27 december 2012

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Principal country concerned : Column : Fine arts

Five Mozambican artists and an Angolan participate in the third version of the contemporary art exhibition that occupies Maputo from 6 to 27 of December, in a circuit that runs through the Cristal restaurant, the Embassy of Portugal, the Norwegian Embassy, ​ the Embassy of South Africa and Maputo Airport.

"Foreigners" is the motto that serves as a starting point for the artistic intervention of 5 Mozambican artists and 1 Angolan from different areas of creation. The occupants are based in territories that easily identify with the proposed theme, and bring us very different approaches, both at the level of language as at the level of discourse of what can be the readings and meanings of the word foreigner.

Eugenia Mussa, John Grace Petit, Rui Tenreiro, Sandra Muendane and Tiago Correia-Paulo, are the five Mozambicans who present this year, using as support painting, video, sound and installation of objects to address a concept familiar to them, given that their academic and professional route passed through leaving the country. In this exhibition made "at home", made in "familiar" territory, the artists deepen the look at the dimensions of what can be to live as "other," as "strange", beyond the bordering or geographical dimension that the theme encloses.

Paul Kapela, Angolan artist, reflects the themes of Bantu culture far beyond political borders. In a transnational discourse in favor of peace and union of people, creates and recreates manifestos that combine religion, mysticism and tradition with icons, realities and contemporary materials. Master Kapela is the first non Mozambican invited to join the project of Temporary Occupations and reproductions of his most recent works can be seen in the carriages linking Maputo and the border of Ressano Garcia.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation supports this edition of Temporary Occupations.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

With the support of