Medium
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Ponte

Mikhael Subotzky’s works are the results of his fractured attempts to place himself in relation to the social, historical, and political narratives that surround him both at home in South Africa and on his frequent travels. As an artist working in film, video installation, and photography, as well as more recently in collage and painting, Subotzky engages critically with contemporary politics of representation. In “Beaufort West” (2006–08), a series he premiered at MoMA, Subotzky focuses on the Beaufort West Prison, juxtaposing the prisoners inside with residents of the neighboring towns, from sex workers to privileged suburbanites. Another series, “Ponte City” (2008–), depicts residents in the titular Johannesburg residential tower, opposing the claustrophobic, dystopian architecture with poignant scenes of family life taking place within. Subotzky’s works are at once highly introspective and revelatory of the systemic injustices wrought by South Africa’s colonialist legacy.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Mikhael Subotzky: I Was Looking BackGoodman Gallery
2019
Mikhael Subotzky: Massive Nerve CorpusGoodman Gallery
2017
Mikhael Subotzky: WYEGoodman Gallery
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Patrick Waterhouse
Selected exhibitions
2018
Goodman Gallery at Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2018Goodman Gallery
Goodman Gallery at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018Goodman Gallery
2016
Goodman Gallery at The Armory Show 2016Goodman Gallery
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Patrick Waterhouse

Core Staircase, Ponte City, 2008

Pigment inks on archival paper, mounted to Dibond
49 2/5 × 59 1/10 in
125.5 × 150 cm
Edition of 5
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Location
Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, East Hampton
Medium
Series
Ponte

Mikhael Subotzky’s works are the results of his fractured attempts to place himself in relation to the social, historical, and political narratives that surround him both at home in South Africa and on his frequent travels. As an artist working in film, video installation, and photography, as well as more recently in collage and painting, Subotzky engages critically with contemporary politics of representation. In “Beaufort West” (2006–08), a series he premiered at MoMA, Subotzky focuses on the Beaufort West Prison, juxtaposing the prisoners inside with residents of the neighboring towns, from sex workers to privileged suburbanites. Another series, “Ponte City” (2008–), depicts residents in the titular Johannesburg residential tower, opposing the claustrophobic, dystopian architecture with poignant scenes of family life taking place within. Subotzky’s works are at once highly introspective and revelatory of the systemic injustices wrought by South Africa’s colonialist legacy.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Patrick Waterhouse
Selected exhibitions (3)
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Other works from Goodman Gallery
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