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)
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
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
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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