A self-taught photographer, Mario Vombe has worked mostly with photojournalism. Faces is his first creative and fine art photography series. The strength of his photographs, much alike those of Sebastião Salgado, lies in the deep concern for humanity and a great compassion for the people of his native Mozambique. In this powerful black and white photographic series one can find extreme beauty in the subject, repetition and composition.  

In the words of the artist: “For this series I was inspired by the work of the Master Malangatana, where through faces he expressed moments, emotions, history, etc. My aim with this work is to get across the message that if we accept our differences, we will find out that we are all the same. The Masks (faces) are the reflex of what we are since our eyes speak further and deeper that our mouths.”

Maria Elisa has an extended knowledge of the Mozambican contemporary art scene which makes her the perfect choice to be Collectionair's eyes and ears in the country.