A Silent Solitude Photographs 1982-2011
PHOTOGRAPHY / Individual Photographers / Monographs
Feb 21, 2017
9.75 x 11.5 in
This monograph is dedicated to Santu Mofokeng, winner of the International Prize for Photography.
Being a photographer at the time when Santu Mofokeng decided to become one was not an unmotivated act. A psychological, moral, and sometimes physical war was being fought, and South Africa was its arena. Photography could not afford to be an artistic abstraction. It was both a political and intellectual commitment. It was anger; it was revolt. But it remained, in spite of everything, a form of writing, and that is how Mofokeng approached it. Not like his country’s freedom fighters who denounced the iniquity of the ideology behind apartheid, but as the very special witness of a story which, until then, had been suppressed. By photographing his people, the places, the faces, and the streets, Mofokeng speaks to us about himself. Because all stories always begin with the person who tells them. And they come back to the teller in the end.
Mofokeng’s deviation from conventional subject matter includes photographic enquiries into spirituality, an interest that has continued throughout his photographic career. His explorations of landscape invested with spiritual significance form part of a wider enquiry into space and belonging, the political meaning of landscape.
Mofokeng has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Photography Prize 2016, organized by Fondazione Fotografia Modena and Sky Arte HD.