Edson Chagas
Chagas at the first Malta Biennale

Edson Chagas features in baħar abjad imsaġar taż-żebbuġ​ (white sea olive groves), Malta's inaugural biennale. Taking place across various locations on the island nation, the biennale is 'inspired by a process of formulating new narratives for the region'.

Various artists at Kunsthal KAde

Edson Chagas, Mawande Ka ZenzileDada Khanyisa, Moshekwa Langa, Neo Matloga, Simphiwe Ndzube, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Barthélémy Toguo exhibit in Africa Supernova at Kunsthal KAde. Drawn from the collection of Carla and Pieter Schulting, the show aims to provide 'a layered picture of how African artists reflect on their self-image'.

Edson Chagas at Tate Modern 2023

Edson Chagas features in A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography at Tate Modern. Incorporating film and audio, the show seeks to 'explore the many ways images travel across histories and geographies'. 

Various artists at Haus der Kunst

Jane Alexander, Edson Chagas, Pieter Hugo, Jo Ractliffe, Penny Siopis and Guy Tillim feature in Trace - Formations of Likeness: Photography and Video from The Walther Collection, taking place at Haus der Kunst. The exhibition aims to showcase 'the medium’s capacity as both an instrument for empowerment and formation of the self, as well as its complex uses as a tool for control and subjugation'.

Chagas, Niang and Ractliffe

Edson Chagas, Zanele MuholiMame-Diarra Niang, Jo Ractliffe, Penny Siopis, and Guy Tillim exhibit in Shifting Dialogues: Photography from The Walther Collection at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Spanning over 500 works, the show 'traces the development of photography as a history of transnational parallels and contradictions'.

Various artists at the Photography Triennial of Hamburg

Edson Chagas, Mame-Diarra Niang, Frida Orupabo and Jo Ractliffe exhibit in the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg, curated by Koyo Kouoh. Themed Currency, this edition of the triennial stages a parcours of exhibitions at major museums and institutions across the city, publications and progamming. 

Edson Chagas at insofar

Edson Chagas presents a Muxima: feels like earth smells like heaven at insofar, curated by Inês Valle. This solo exhibition of multimedia works is the artist's first in Portugal. 

Chagas and Muholi in Houston

Edson Chagas and Zanele Muholi form part of African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other, the central exhibition at Houston's FotoFest Biennial 2020. Curated by Mark Sealy MBE, the presentation features over 30 artists from across the continent and its diaspora, 'examining the complex relationships between contemporary life in Africa, the African diaspora, and global histories of colonialism'.

Crossing Night at MOCAD

Edson Chagas, Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Moshekwa Langa, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Penny Siopis, Guy Tillim feature in Crossing Night: Regional Identities X Global Context at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, a new iteration of the exhibition first shown in Oaxaca, Mexico. The exhibition 'addresses the concerns, thoughts, and desires of contemporary artists from the Southern African region as they grapple with the legacy of post-colonial structures'.

Various artists in IncarNations at BOZAR

Edson Chagas, Steven Cohen, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Pieter Hugo and Barthélémy Toguo are included in IncarNations: African Art as Philosophy, initiated by Kendell Geers in dialogue with collector Sindika Dokolo. Held at BOZAR Centre for Arts, the show looks at work from the region as 'a living philosophical practice'.

Edson Chagas in Sixth Nature at the Porto Photography Biennial

Edson Chagas takes part in Sixth Nature, a group exhibition forming part of the Porto Photography Biennial, curated by Diego Bento. The show 'focuses on different perspectives and sensibilities about ecology, the way we relate to nature and the environment around us'.

Edson Chagas at the Kunstmuseum Bonn

Edson Chagas features in Mask – The Art of Transformation at Kunstmuseum Bonn. This exhibition of modern and contemporary work turns its attention to the masked individual as well as to the performative act of the individual wearing a mask within a social and political context.

Edson Chagas Smithsonian African Art Award
Edson Chagas is among those that have been honoured with the African Art Award by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. The award recognizes 'dynamic forces in the arts sector representing future opportunities, excellence in futurism and significant investment in the future of the museum field'.
Sassen and Chagas at the Daegu Photo Biennale
Edson Chagas and Viviane Sassen feature in Role-playing: Rewriting mythologies at the 2018 Daegu Photo Biennale, curated by Ami Barak. This section aims to explore the hidden meanings in photographs based on Roland Barthes’ Mythologies.
Muholi and Chagas at the Montreal Museum of Fine arts

Edson Chagas and Zanele Muholi exhibit in From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This group exhibition presents a comparison of Picasso’s works with those of non-Western artists 'to put into question a history of aesthetic appropriations and re-appropriations in contemporary art'.

Various artists in More for less at A4

Edson Chagas, Meschac Gaba, Jo RactliffeViviane Sassen and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in More for Less at A4. Curated by Josh Ginsburg, the exhibition is focused on 'works and practices that fluidly seek to engage entropy and efficiency, waste, residue and offcuts, transactions, propositions, and serious play'.

Edson Chagas and Zanele Muholi at NGV Triennial
Edson Chagas and Zanele Muholi exhibit in the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial which features the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries which functions as a survey of 'the world of art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives'.
Edson, Mame and Simon at Recontres de Bamako

Edson Chagas, Simon Gush and Mame-Diarra Niang feature in Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories a group exhibition presented by The Walther collection at the 11th Rencontres de Bamako. This show 'acknowledges the complexities and differing conceptions that can resound through each urban space, personal memory, or social community'.

Zanele, Edson and Simon at Schwerin, Germany

Edson Chagas, Simon Gush and Zanele Muholi feature in a group show titled Madgermanes / Mystery Of Foreign Affairs. Spread across various locations, the exhibition 'searches for a collective cultural and political history that questions the motifs of home and hope, identity and affiliation, and focuses on the deconstruction of hegemonic concepts.'

Edson Chagas at Institute of Fine Arts, New York

Work from Edson Chagas' OIKONOMOS series feature in chin(A)frica: an interface, a group exhibition seeking to investigate 'new parameters in which identity and geopolitics are formulated through recent expansive exchanges between China and African countries over the past decade'.

Zeitz MOCAA opens in Cape Town

Nandipha MntamboEdson Chagas, Zanele Muholi, Nicholas Hlobo and Penny Siopis are among the artists whose work is included in the inaugural exhibitions at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

New African Photography in Ulm

Edson ChagasSimon Gush and Mame-Diarra Niang are included in Recent Histories - New African Photography at the Walther Collection. Featuring 14 contemporary artists of African descent, born in the early 1970s and onwards, the exhibition investigates social identity, questions of belonging and an array of sociopolitical concerns.

Edson Chagas at  Kunst Haus Wien

Edson Chagas had a solo exhibition of his Found Not Taken series, featuring images of discarded objects taken as he walked the streets of Luanda, London and Newport, at the Kunst Haus Wien. The show was curated by Sophie Haslinger.

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art
Edson Chagas, Steven Cohen and Nandipha Mntambo had work in Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, after showing at the Seattle Art Museum and the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, in 2015.