Edson Chagas

Detail from Edson Chagas, 'Oikonomos' (2011)
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Edson Chagas was born in Luanda in 1977.

He completed his studies in photojournalism at the London College of Communication (LCC) in 2007 and subsequently attended the documentary photography course at the University of Wales, Newport, until 2008. Chagas’s work has since developed a more introspective focus beyond the standards of photojournalism. Exhibitions include the 2nd Luanda Triennial, Angola, 2010; SP-Arte 2011, São Paulo, Brazil; the MABAXA project in Luanda, Angola and RAVY – Rencontre d’Arts Visuels, in Yaoundé, Cameroon, both in 2012. In 2011 he also took part in a workshop in Ethiopia, invited by the German organisation GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, which culminated in various exhibitions, in 2012 at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn, Germany, the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa and later in Angola.

This year, Edson’s work was part of the exhibition NO FLY ZONE Unlimited Mileage with a group of five other Angolan contemporary artists at Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon, Portugal. Also in 2013, Edson Chagas has participated in a group exhibition entitled “Landscapes” at A Palazzo Gallery in Brescia, Italy. Edson Chagas lives and works in Luanda, combining his artistic work with the job of image editor for the Angolan newspaper Expansão, where he has worked for the past two and a half years. More than “portraying” reality or what that means for a large audience, Edson Chagas is interested in social issues and the relationship between time and space; his work can be considered abstract, but without disregarding a social context.


09|2007 || 06|2008| Studied Documentary Photography at University of Wales, Newport

10|2005 || 06|2007| FdA degree Photojournalism at University of the Arts London; London College of Communication

09|1999 || 06|2002| ETIC – Escola Técnica de Imagem e Comunicação, Portugal; Photography course (advertising, Art and Photojournalism).

09|1998 || 01|1999| CCA – Centro Comunitário de Arcena (community centre), Portugal: three-month course in audio and video. (photography and audio)



Found Not Taken, Kunst Haus Wien, Museum Hundertwasser, Vienna


Novo Banco Photo Award 2015, Museu Colecao Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

Found Not Taken, Scrap Metal Gallery, as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, Canada


Found Not Taken / Tipo Passe, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tipo Passe, Instituto Camões – Centro Cultural Português, Luanda, Angola

Found Not Taken, Belfast Exposed Photography, Belfast, UK


Edson Chagas, A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy

Luanda, Encyclopedic City, Angola Pavilion, Palazzo Cini, Italy

Memorial Agostinho Neto, Luanda, Angola



Recent Histories – New African Photography, The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany


Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA

Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa


Schema, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, SA

The Lay of the Land: New Photography from Africa, The Walther Collection Project Space, New York, United States

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at Seattle Art Museum

Ocean of Images, the New Photography exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, MMK Frankfurt and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC,

Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK


Chroma, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, SA

Journal, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria

Here Africa, Château de Penthes, Geneva-Pregny, Switzerland

The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, MMK (Museum für Moderne Kunst), Frankfurt, Germany; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, USA


Italien: Landscapes, Galerie A Palazzo, Brescia.

Portugal: No Fly Zone. Unlimited Mileage, Museu Colecção Berardo, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lissabon.


Zukunftsentwickler, LVR-LandesMuseum, Bonn, Deutschland

Live Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

RAVY – Rencontre d’Arts Visuels, Yaoundé, Kamerun

MABAXA-Projekt, Fotoausstellung, Video und Installation, Luanda, Angola


SP-Arte & SOSO Arte Contemporânea Africana; Gruppen-Fotoausstellung, São Paulo, Brasilen


2. Triennale Luanda, SOSO Arte Contemporânea Africana; Video, Fotografie und Installation, Luanda, Angola

2. Triennale Luanda, Naturkundemuseum – SIEXPO (Salão Internacional de Exposições); Angolanische Fotografie, Luanda, Angola