Zwelethu Mthethwa
South African, born 1960
107 followers
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2014
Galería Oliva Arauna at Zona MACO 2014,
Galería Oliva Arauna
Galería Oliva Arauna at ARCO Madrid 2014,
Galería Oliva Arauna
,
Galería Oliva Arauna

Harnessing beauty as a strategy to draw attention to his socially engaged work, Zwelethu Mthethwa produces large-scale, gorgeous photographs of the marginalized citizens of his native South Africa. His color-saturated portraits capture subjects like migrant workers and Christian missionaries, whose serious faces seem both revealing and impenetrable. The history and politics of post-apartheid South Africa underpin Mthethwa’s work, which he makes in the service of his subjects and with an aim to foster a more nuanced understanding of his country. As he describes: “I made it my conviction to go out there through my art and try to paint a different picture of the other. […] So I’ve taken it upon me to change or provoke and ask questions that will tell a different story about Africa. About me, because essentially this is about me.”