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SELECTED WORKS BY Mikhael Subotzky

Playing With Plastic, Toekomsrus, Beaufort
Mikhael Subotzky
Playing With Plastic, Toekomsrus, Beaufort

2007

Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

Image: 106 x 128.7 cm Paper: 126 x 147.7 cm
Like so many fine photographers, Mikhael Subotzky drifted into photography in 2000 as an eighteen-year-old backpacker intending simply to document his travels, and got the bug. Aware of the great tradition of documentary photography, and particularly inspired by David Goldblatt’s In Boksburg (1982), he set out to make a portrait of a small, post-apartheid town that would address marginalization and incarceration, two facets of the violence wracking the country.
Diorama, Chris Barnard Museum, Beaufort
Mikhael Subotzky
Diorama, Chris Barnard Museum, Beaufort

2008

Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

Image: 106 x 128.7 cm Paper: 126 x 147.7 cm
Offering To The Ancestors, Kwa Mandlankosi
Mikhael Subotzky
Offering To The Ancestors, Kwa Mandlankosi

2006

Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

Image: 106 x 128.7 cm Paper: 126 x 147.7 cm
Beaufort West was his choice, a hardscrabble place located roughly equidistant between Cape Town and Johannesburg.
In the best tradition of the extended photo essay (happily the work has been published as a book), Subotzky gives us a balanced picture of the place and its people, the drunks, prostitutes and prisoners at the bottom of the heap; the grim-faced whites holding onto their privileges at the top.
Leon (At The Back Of The Hospital), Beaufort
Mikhael Subotzky
Leon (At The Back Of The Hospital), Beaufort

2006

Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

Image: 106 x 128.7 cm Paper: 126 x 147.7 cm
'Fuck Me', Toekomsrus, Beaufort West
Mikhael Subotzky
Fuck Me

2007

Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

Image: 128.7 x 106 cm Paper: 147.7 x 126 cm
Most wrenching is a picture of a dazed young girl with the words ‘Fuck Me’ written on her forehead – the idea of a joke, the photographer tells us, of her drunken parents. It’s a depressing reminder that the ghosts of apartheid have yet to be laid to rest.
Samuel (Standing), Vaalkoppies (Beaufort West Rubbish Dump)
Mikhael Subotzky
Samuel (Standing), Vaalkoppies (Beaufort West Rubbish Dump)

2006

Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

100 x 116 cm
Residents, Vaalkoppies (Beaufort West Rubbish Dump)
Mikhael Subotzky
Residents, Vaalkoppies (Beaufort West Rubbish Dump)

2006

Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

100 x 116 cm
Text by William A Ewing

*Mikhael Subotzky, Beaufort West, with essay by Jonny Steinberg, Chris Boot, London, 2008.
Shackles, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison
Mikhael Subotzky
Shackles, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison

2004

Digital print in pigment inks on cotton rag paper

50 x 70 cm
Strip Search, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison
Mikhael Subotzky
Strip Search, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison

2004

Inkjet print

50 x 75 cm
Pasvang, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison
Mikhael Subotzky
Pasvang, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison

2004

Digital print in pigment inks on cotton rag paper

56 x 78 cm
Cell 33, E2 Section (5) Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison
Mikhael Subotzky
Cell 33, E2 Section (5) Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison

2004

Inkjet print

50 x 135 cm
Cell 33, E2 Section, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison
Mikhael Subotzky
Cell 33, E2 Section, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison

2004

Digital print in pigment inks on cotton rag paper

55.9 x 134.5 cm

Mikhael Subotzky's BIOGRAPHY

Mikhael Subotzky
Born in 1981, Cape Town, South Africa
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2009
Two Projects, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

2007
Beaufort West , Studio La Citta
Beaufort West, FOAM (Foto Museum Amsterdam) Amsterdam
Beaufort West, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Cape Town

2006
Die Vier Hoeke and Umjiegwana, Goodman Gallery, Joahannesburg
Die Vier Hoeke, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

2005
Die Vier Hoke in the Nelson Mandela Cell at Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London

2011
Figures and Fictions, V & A Museum, London, UK

2010
Mikhael Subtozky and Patrick Waterhouse, Recent Works, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Cape Town
12th Cairo Biennale, Cairo
In Context, South African National Portrait Gallery and Arts on Main, Cape Town and Johannesburg
Contemporary African Photography from the Walther Collection: Events of teh self, POrtrature and Social Identity, The Walther Collection, Ulm
Languages and Experimentations. Young Artists in Contemorary collection, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea de Trento e Rovereto (MART) Rovereto
PEEKABOO- Current South Africa, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
Breakign News: Contemporary Photography from the Middle East and Africa, Fondazione Cassa de Risparmio de Modena, Modena
Ampersand: A Dialogue of Contemporary Art from South Africa & the Daimler Art Collection, Berlin, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African Landscape, Old Town House, Cape Town
Magnum. Shifting Media. New Role of Photography, C/O Berlin
1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
South African Photography 1950-2010, Museum Gogh, Gogh and Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Us, South African National Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery, and Goodman Gallery Project Space Johannesburg and Cape Town

2009
Still Revolution: Suspended In Time, Contact Photo Festival, Toronto
Nation States, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town
Mythologies, Haunch of Venison
Three Stories: Pieter Hugo, Mikhael Subotzky, Paolo Woods, Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Luxembourg
Trouble in Paradise, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson

2008
A Look Away - South African photography today, Kuckei Kuckei, Berlin
New Photography, Josephine Meckseper and Mikhael Subotzky, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Unseen, An Exhibition of International Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
ZA, Young Art from South Africa, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena
Snap Judgements: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography at the International Center for Photography, New York, Miami, Mexico City, and Amsterdam, curated by Okwui Enwezor

2007
A Legacy of Men, Johannesburg Art Gallery
NY C Photo, Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York
Bare Life”, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalim
Says the junk in the yard, Flowers East, London
The Loaded Lens, Goodman Gallery Cape
Lumo 07 – ‘Us’ – 7th International Photography Triennale, Jyvaskyla
Lift off II, Goodman Gallery Cape
Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa: Reality Check, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin

2006
Risk, Exhibition of the 2006 Joop Swart Masterclass, FOAM, Amsterdam
The Living is Easy, Flowers East Gallery, London
New Code, Studio La Citta, Verona
Personae & Scenarios – New African Photography. Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea, Rome
Olvida quien soy [Erase me from who I am]. Centro Atlantico de Art Moderno, Canary Islands

2005
VIes Recontres Africaines de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali
The Pantagruel Syndrome, T1, Turin Triennial curated by Francesco Bonami and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
Click, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
Vyf Kurators, Vyftien Kunstenaars [Five Curators, Fifteen Artists] at the Klein Karoo Nasianale Kunstefees