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The photography of Ricardo Rangel: experience, memory, and colonialism in Mozambique

Grant number: 14/25152-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2015
Effective date (End): February 29, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Sylvia Caiuby Novaes
Grantee:Bruna Nunes da Costa Triana
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/12493-2 - Archives of memories: methodological and empirical contributions for the analysis of Ricardo Rangel photograph collection, BE.EP.DR   15/19946-7 - The Portuguese colonialism through the lens of Ricardo Rangel: analytical contributions on photography and memory, BE.EP.DR


This project aims to examine the photographs of Ricardo Rangel (1924-2009) in the context of the intensification of anti-colonial struggle and independence in Mozambique, between 1955 and 1975. As a result of his work as a photojournalist, Rangel has produced images that interweave social protest, political engagement, and poetic composition, and has become a reference in the field of Mozambican photography. The object of this research is constituted by his imagetic collection, from which we want to apprehend, on the one hand, the narrative mechanisms used by him to compose what we will call photographic experience, and on the other, the social and political aspects his photographs reveal about the intrinsic violence of colonialism, the conflictive process of liberation, and the intense changes Maputo was undergoing at the time. The empirical research will focus initially on two institutions: the Photographic Training and Documentation Centre and the Mozambican Photography Association, which preserve his work. We are interested mainly in questioning to what extent his photographic work has contributed or has been articulated to the construction of a social memory in post-independence Mozambique. The importance of this research is both due to the fact that it concentrates on a turbulent historical period and because it is a period whose constitution as memory is still in dispute. This motivates us to analyze the changes and contradictions that the photographs reveal, as well as the details and specificity of the photographer's regard. (AU)

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