Filomena Mairosse (she/her, b. 1992) is an interdisciplinary artist born and living in Maputo, Mozambique. She works primarily with photography, writing, video, analog collage, and botanical transfers, and explores themes around reimagining realities, belonging, consumption, interdependence, and nature. She started photographing more intentionally in 2018 and eventually developed her own style of semi-abstract and conceptual images.
The first public showing of her work was done in Cape Verde, following her participation in the Catchupa Factory artist residency and her work has subsequently been shown in Mozambique, Angola, Brazil, Germany, and globally through various exhibitions and residencies with institutions like the Inclusartiz Institute, Through the Lense Collective, African Women in Photography and Canon. She has been mentored by the likes of Ana Silva, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Ângela Ferreira and others.
Inkeeping with her current research into portals, territoriality, and transitability, Cascais became of particular interest for its position as a sort of “point of return” for 15th and 16th century explorers and as a “point of access” to new worlds, cultures, and perspectives for artists and art patrons, particularly after the 2nd World War. Her goal within the residency is to explore these dynamics, both within and surrounding the city, and to explore the residency space as a portal in itself, through photography, tridimensional collage and other techniques.