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Santu Mofokeng

South African, b. 1956

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Santu Mofokeng

South African, b. 1956

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Santu Mofokeng is known for his black-and-white photographs of life in South Africa’s black communities, images he calls meditations on “existential madness—the absurdities of living.” Mofokeng first picked up a camera in the 1980s as a street photographer, while working in the darkroom for newspapers. In 1986, he made his first independent pieces and began work on what he considers photographic essays—many of which continue as ongoing projects. His subjects and themes have included his hometown Soweto, impoverishment in urban and rural centers, spirituality, self-representation and family history, and landscapes with political undertones about ownership and power.

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Biography

Santu Mofokeng is known for his black-and-white photographs of life in South Africa’s black communities, images he calls meditations on “existential madness—the absurdities of living.” Mofokeng first picked up a camera in the 1980s as a street photographer, while working in the darkroom for newspapers. In 1986, he made his first independent pieces and began work on what he considers photographic essays—many of which continue as ongoing projects. His subjects and themes have included his hometown Soweto, impoverishment in urban and rural centers, spirituality, self-representation and family history, and landscapes with political undertones about ownership and power.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Jeu de Paume
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 9 more