Mikhael Subotzky


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Postcards From America: The Box Set

In May 2011, five Magnum photographers – Paolo Pellegrin, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Alec Soth, Mikhael Subotzky – and a writer, Ginger Strand, set out from Austin, Texas, in an RV. Two weeks and 1750 miles later, they arrived in Oakland, California.

The resulting limited edition book is a collection of objects – a book, five bumper stickers, a newspaper, two fold-outs, three cards, a poster and five zines, all in a signed and numbered box – that collectively document the experience. Edition of 500, signed by all five photographers and the writer. This new limited edition box set launches February 2012.

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Various Artists At Yale

Contemporary Art/South Africa at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, USA opened on 09 May 2014 and features more than 30 artworks produced in South Africa or by South Africans from the late 1960s to the present, a period of immense political and social change. The artists in this exhibition – including William Kentridge, Sam Nhlengethwa, Mikhael Subotzky, Diane Victor, Sue Williamson – address key aspects of the experiences of South Africans, offering multiple perspectives on their lives, their society, and their world. The exhibition runs until to 24 August 2014.

This House at Palais de Tokyo

This House is an exhibition curated by Anthea Buys and Mikhael Subotzky to be presented at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In the show, the works of five artists from South Africa, Burundi, Norway and the United States explore different qualities of structure. The exhibition brings together newly-commissioned works, existing contemporary pieces and one important historical work, Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect (1975), in a way that links architectural forms, institutional entities and political systems through their common reliance on methods of spatial and temporal organization. Mikhael Subotzky’s four-channel film Moses and Griffiths (2012) provides a narrative route into the exhibition, as the piece’s two protagonists narrate history through the features of two iconic buildings of which they are the custodians. The exhibition runs from 21 June to 09 September 2013.

Various Artists At Standard Bank Gallery

From Sitting to Selfie: 300 years of South African Portraits at Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg maps the long tradition of portraiture and its changing use and function in society. The exhibition, which opened to the public 25 June 2014, features work by Candice Breitz, Willem Boshoff, Hasan & Husain Essop, David Goldblatt, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Brett Murray, Walter Oltmann, Mikhael Subotzky, Minnette Vári and Diane Victor amongst others. From 19th century oil paintings to 21st century video installations, the exhibition raises many interesting questions about how and why people make portraits of themselves and others, and how the reasons for this have changed over time. The exhibition runs until 6 September 2014.

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Press for Mikhael Subotzky

Mikhael Subotzky / Art South Africa / South Africa / September 2014

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

Surfacing / Cape Times / Cape Town / 2 April 2014

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

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)

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 / New York Times / New York / 8 September 2008

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

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

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

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)
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    Mikhael Subotzky / Two Projects: Arts on Main

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    'US' / Curated by Simon Njami & Bettina Malcomess

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