Chilala Moco
Born in Caála, Huambo, in 1977.

Studied International Relations at "Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas" (ISCSP), in Lisbon, Portugal, where he later graduated in photography, by "Escola Técnica de Imagem e Comunicação" (ETIC).

During he studies at ETIC, Chilala was part of the team that produced and carried out the project “TV Mundo Melhor”, from the first edition of ROCK IN RIO - LISBOA (2004). In that same year, had his first series of photographs published in the renowned Portuguese magazine "CAIS - Support Circle for the Integration of the Homeless".

Later based in Luanda, Angola, and as a freelancer, he collaborated with almost every major publications that emerged from 2005 onwards.

Moco exhibited his fine-art and photojournalistic work at the first two "Trienal de Luanda", 2006 and 2010 respectively, sponsored and curated by the late art collector Sindika Dokolo, and the renowned artist Fernando Avim.

In 2009 he won the "National Journalism Award", in the category of Photojournalism, an award provided by the Ministry of Social Communication of the Republic of Angola, and was several times
nominated for the "Maboque Journalism Prize", in the same

Subsequently he was a jury member for the “2009 BESA Foto Award”, a partnership between “World Press Photo” and "BESA Bank.

Among a collective of prominent Angolan artists, he was invited by the Sindika Dokolo Foundation to exhibit his fine-art series "Des-engarrafado", at the "Biennale de Bordeaux - 2009", France.

In 2017 he participated in the collective exhibitions “The Representation of the Human Figure in the Angolan Art”, at Banco Económico Gallery, and “Vidrul Fotografia - 2017 – Mais Angola” respectively.

As of September 2017, Chilala Moco debuted his first individual exhibition at XYAMI Kilamba, a set of works entitled “Geração Kilamba” (Tchissola Mosquito Collection).

He also participated in the photographic exhibition “Angola Actual” (with photographer Jessé Manuel), held in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, dedicated to the 42nd Anniversary of the Independence of Angola, and the 18th anniversary of the "Centro Cultural Casa de Angola na Bahia".

In 2019, he joined several artists of different nationalities to give voice to the worldwide campaign on “Gender Equality”, an extraordinary action dedicated to UNICEF, which resulted in a major exhibition that took place at the OTP Gallery and, later, at the ART MARKET, in Budapest, Hungary.

Chilala also collaborated with artist Tiago Borges at the Bienal Hacer Noche 2018/2019, which took place in Oaxaca, Mexico.

In November 2019, with the curatorship of Adriano Mixinge and the collaboration of artist Benjamim Sabby, at the Memorial Dr António Agostinho Neto (MAAN), Chilala Moco exhibited his set of works called "Ocipala Cutima & Others" (The Face the Heart and Others).

From 2008 to 2022 he was photography managing editor for newspaper OPAÍS, and the magazine Exame Angola, publications of media group Medianova.

He currently runs his own photography and multimedia studio, Empwene Studio.