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Chiurai, Kia Henda and Subotzky on traveling exhibition in Brazil

Work by Kudzanai Chiurai, Kiluanji Kia Henda and Mikhael Subotzky is included on a group exhibition, Ex Africa, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (11 October – 30 December). Curated by Alfons Hug, the exhibition features work by various African artists whose work deals with the continent, its peoples’ migration and the diaspora. The works on exhibition include a selection of Chiurai’s Genesis [Je nisi ‘isi] prints, Kia Henda’s Concrete Affection – Zopo Lady video work, as well as a selection of works from Ponte City by Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse. The exhibition will travel to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília, throughout 2018.

Mikhael Subotzky in conversation at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg

Mikhael Subotzky engages in conversation with master printmaker, Phil Sanders, at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg (30 September). Moderated by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, the conversation focuses on the artist’s and printmaker’s most recent collaboration. The collaboration marks Subotzky’s first foray into the printmaking medium – physically combining his photographic work with drawing and continuing the artist’s explorations of whiteness and male privilege. The series of prints under discussion have evolved from a desire to layer images, utilising the techniques of Photogravure, digital chine collé and monotype.

Mikhael Subotzky presents new work and collaborates with The Brother Moves On at Maitland Institute in Cape Town

For the past six years, Mikhael Subotzky has been systematically pulling images apart in an attempt to ‘get inside’ them and understand their representational function. While on residency at the Maitland Institute in Cape Town, Subotzky continues his process of dismantling and reconstituting images, working for the first time with paint and ink on canvas, as well as in collaborative performance with The Brother Moves On. Simultaneous to his residency, Subotzky hosts a ‘work in progress’ exhibition, Yellow Bile (or Work in Progress) (14 September – 31 October) at Maitland Institute. These new formal constituents are wielded around Subotzky’s personal iconography – images that he has found and made that resonate with his experiences, as well as certain texts foundational to his understanding of the world.

The collaborative performance with The Brother Moves On, Four Rehearsals in the Yellow Bile, will take place within the exhibition on the opening night (14 September). It too will ‘pull apart’ the underlying texts and images of Subotzky’s works, while also introducing the narratives and imagery of performance and collaboration synonymous with The Brother Moves On. The performance features Thantaswa May as the female protagonist stuck in the Bile, under the watchful eye of the characters’ current reality. Her story, an ode to Nina Simone’s Four Women and the Marikana widows amongst others, will be sung in counterpoint and conflict with TS Eliot’s Four Quartets (read by Subotzky) and accompanied by a percussive and musical score by Zelizwe Mthembu. The performance takes place in four parts from 17:30 – 20:30.

This ‘work in progress’ exhibition thus introduces a new stream in Subotzky’s work, a cross-medium attempt to illustrate and understand T.S. Elliot’s Four Quartets. Drawing on a long history of artists’ ‘illustration’ of classic texts, Subotzky seeks to get inside a text that has been fundamental to his aesthetic and philosophical understanding of the world. It is a project that he estimates he will be preoccupied with for many years to come.

Mikhael Subotzky on Fabrica show in Italy

Bridge City by Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse is on the group exhibition, Up to Now: Fabrica Photography, at Chiostri di San Pietro in Italy (12 May – 9 July). Forming part of the 2017 edition of Fotografia Europea, the show is a collection of over a hundred photographic works by alumnae of Fabrica who went on to become renowned international artists. It offers a rich and intense overview of more than 20 years of visual research.


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    Mikhael Subotzky / WYE / 2017

    Mikhael Subotzky / Show 'n Tell / 2014

    Mikhael Subotzky with Patrick Waterhouse / Recent Works / 2010

    Mikhael Subotzky / Two Projects: Jan Smuts / 2009

    Mikhael Subotzky / Two Projects: Arts on Main / 2009

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    the silences between / 2017

    In Context: Africans in America (at Goodman Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery)

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Edge of Silence / 2015

    Other People's Memories / 2015

    Surfacing / 2014

    C-16 / 2013

    Structures / 2013

    Advance/...Notice / 2012

    Summer Show / 2012

    Winter Show / Cape Town / 2010

    Winter Show / Joburg / 2010

    In Context / 2010

    Sphères 2009 / Le Moulin

    'US' / Curated by Simon Njami & Bettina Malcomess / 2009

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  • Press for Mikhael Subotzky

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Classic Feel / South Africa / July 2015

    Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse win Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2015 By Classic Feel (1.3 MB)

    Stormy Waters Notes from a superexhibition / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / 24 May 2015

    stormy Waters notes from a superexhibition By Linda Stupart (4.8 MB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Wallpaper.com / London / 29 May 2015

    Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse scoop the 2015 Deutsche Photography Prize BY Kate Barrett (331.6 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / The Telegraph / United Kingdom / 30 May 2015

    Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse have won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015 By Rachel Segal Hamilton (982.1 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / The Telegraph / United Kingdom / 30 May 2015

    Who will win the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015? By Peter Yeung (982.1 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / The Guardian / United Kingdom / 28 May 2015

    Deutsche Börse prize 2015: winners Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse – in pictures By The Guardian (5 MB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Time Magazine / New York / 28 May 2015

    Artist Duo Wins 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize By Ye Ming (305.4 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / City Press / South Africa / 29 May 2015

    SA photographer wins big By Garreth van Niekerk, (336.4 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / British Journal of Photography / London / 28 May 2015

    A vision of urban decay in Johannesburg wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015 By Tom Seymour (2.1 MB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / 27 May 2015

    Today’s Ponte: Drugs and gangsters, but mainly on TV screens By Jeremy Kuper (176.9 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Business Day Live / South Africa / 29 May 2015

    Publication on Ponte City wins photography award By Sue Blaine (70.8 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / The Guardian / United Kingdom / 15 April 2015

    Deutsche Börse 2015 review By Sean O'Hagan (1.7 MB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / The Telegraph / United Kingdom / 16 April 2015

    Deutsche Börse Prize 2015, The Photographers' Gallery, review: ''stylish and fresh" By Florence Waters (795 KB)

    The Poetry In Between: South-South / City Press / South Africa / 15 February 2015

    Art review – The geopolitical trash By Nadine Botha (76.8 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / The Scotsman / Scotland / 7 February 2015

    An exploration of drawing takes in all its permutations, from the sparest observation to lavish documentation By Duncan Macmillian (113.8 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / The List / New York / 5 February 2015

    Ponte City Photojournalism study of a failed apartheid-era housing project By Neil Cooper (165.2 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / The List / New York / 26 January 2015

    Photo-journalism project by photographer Subotzky and artist Waterhouse documents a failed apartheid-era housing project By Neil Cooper (139.5 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / The Skinny: Independent Cultural Journalism / United Kingdom /5 January 2015

    Towering Ambitions: Ponte City at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery By Rosie Priest (155.6 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Apollo Magazine / London / 28 January 2015

    Portrait of an apartment block: ‘Ponte City’ at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery By Annabel Sheen (179.6 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / The Scotsman / Scotland / 29 November 2014

    TRIUMPH OF LIFE BY SUSAN MANSFIELD (1020.9 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Aesthetica / United States of America / 6 December 2014

    Ponte City: Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, Scottish National Portrait Gallery By The Edinburgh Reporter (126.5 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Artdaily.org / United Kingdom / 6 December 2014

    Exhibition documents tallest residential skyscrapers in Africa By The Edinburgh Reporter (869.1 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Aesthetica Magazine / United States of America / 6 December - 26 April 2014

    Ponte City By Anna Feintuck (1.1 MB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / The Herald / London / 6 December 2014

    A towering presence in Africa: An exhibition about Ponte City impresses Sarah Urwin Jones (90 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / BBC News / United Kingdom / 5 December 2014

    Famed South African apartment block Ponte City focus of new exhibition by The Edinburgh Reporter (46.3 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Art South Africa / South Africa / September 2014

    In Conversation: Ross Douglas & Silvia Pillon by Art South Africa (325.1 KB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Creative Boom / United Kingdom / 2 December 2014

    Ponte City: Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse By Katy Cowan in Culture (1.5 MB)

    Subotzky and Waterhouse / Art Practical / New York / 29 April 2014

    Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, Ponte City By Larissa Archer (947.1 KB)

    Artists explore Brazilian, SA parallels / Cape Times / South Africa / 19 January 2015

    Artists explore Brazilian SA parallels By Nicolette Dirk (4.3 MB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / Business Day Wanted / South Africa / April 2015

    Into the light; Photographer turned videographer to exhibit at Venice Biennale By Sean O'Toole (4.1 MB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / Business Day Live / South Africa / 27 March 2015

    Tending to the scab covering humanity and its violence By Sue Blaine (328.4 KB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / Lens Culture / South Africa / 12 November 2014

    Ponte City: A portrait of Johannesburg by Alexander Strecker (2.7 MB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / Mail and Guardian / Johannesburg / 22 - 28 August 2014

    Ponte City and the urban myth by Alexander Matthews (358.9 KB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / Sunday Times / South Africa / 17 August 2014

    The tower of fable by Tymon Smith (776.1 KB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / Business Day Live / Johannesburg / South Africa / 30 May 2013

    Looking Back In Anger To Be Seen by Chris Thurman (264.8 KB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / Financial Times / United Kingdom / 15 November 2013

    Marrakech's Museum For Photography and the Visual Arts Offers Surprises by Francis Hodgson (540 KB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / South Africa / 22 - 28 June 2012

    Observers of the Settler's Town by Anthea Buys (464.1 KB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / Photo Eye Blog / 8 November 2012

    Book Reviews Retinal Shift by Blake Andrews (412.8 KB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / Art Magazin / June 2010

    Schwartz, Weiß, und alle Farben by Camilla Péus (1.8 MB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / New York Times / New York / 8 September 2008

    Splitting The Gallery in Half to Focus on Social Strife by Karen Rosenberg (190.5 KB)

    Surfacing / Cape Times / Cape Town / 2 April 2014

    Breaking Through Surfaces to Undeclared Spaces by Genna Gardini (3.5 MB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / The Sunday Independent / South Africa / 10 June 2008

    Documenting and Inhabiting the Contradictions, Mikhael Subotzky by Raffaella Delle Donne (161 KB)

    In Context / The Star / Johannesburg / South Africa / 20 May 2010

    A nose and a box to draw art lovers by Ufrieda Ho (3.3 MB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / Foam Magazine / Amsterdam / Fall 2007

    Die Vier Hoeke by Sean O'Toole (11.6 MB)

    Mikhael Subotzky / The Guardian / London / 6 September 2007

    Mikhael Subotzky's Best Shot by Leo Benedictus (55 KB)