Vinny Mwano

Vinny Mwano

Photographer, Filmmaker & Brand Strategist
Bio

Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I have been empowering individuals and inspiring communities by giving voice to the extraordinary within every “ordinary” person. Using the art force of dance, film and photography I am able to showcase different perspectives through movement and storytelling. My family and I came to the United States as refugees after escaping the country’s most violent civil war, a war in which my father got assassinated.

Growing up in America, but living in an African household where three different languages were spoken at once, My interest in how humans found connection was sparked. I saw that by sharing an experience, people formed bonds and felt “connected” to one another. With this realization, I found my voice and ability to connect with others by making creative ways for the voiceless to be heard. Within my projects, I emphasizes the importance of having multiple perspectives heard and acknowledged. I aim to educate and challenge people to think outside of their own understanding in order to appreciate the world around them.

In my latest project “You Are Seen” I use a Polaroid film camera to broadcast people’s simple messages to the world. My wife Beth and I travel to different states taking pictures of people who capture our attention, asking them to write down a message, on their Polaroid picture, that they would like to tell the world. Our subjects, or “co-collaborators,” as we like to think of them, get to keep the Polaroid picture. In exchange, we get a phone photo of the subject, and their written message. Our Portfolio is filled with heart-felt messages and the faces behind them. For the month of February I decided to ask two different questions, one for men, and one for women. For the men, “What would you like to say to someone that doesn’t look like you?” For the women, “What it does it means to be a women in America in 2017?”

www.vinnymwano.com/you-are-seen