Santu Mofokeng – the german contribution in the french pavilion Venice 2013

Santu Mofokeng, installation view the German contribution in the French pavilion Venice 2013, courtesy of the artist and Marker/Lunetta Bartz, Johannesburg. © Roman Mensing in cooperation with Thorsten Arendt, We see (from left to right):

the official catalog of Germany’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale festival of art 2013


We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the official publication of the German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia 2013!

Edited by curator Susanne Gaensheimer, the 240-page, cloth-bound catalogue will be available as of May 28, 2013 and is published by Gestalten, Berlin.

Eleven international authors—curators, artists, collectors, and critics as well as scholars from the fields of art history, politics, migration research, philosophy, and cultural studies—were invited to take part in this interdisciplinary discussion on cultural and sociopolitical aspects of the German contribution to this year’s Biennale di Venezia.

Santu Mofokeng: “it’s not the picture, it’s the story, the text that goes with the picture.”

Santu Mofokeng, Interview V&A

An interview with Santu Mofokeng

In 2011 the Victoria & Albert Museum presented the group exhibition Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography. As one of the 17 featured photographers, Santu Mofokeng showed black and white images from two series, Child-Headed Households and Chasing Shadows. In an interview with curator Tamar Garb, which was conducted in 2010 in South Africa, Mofokeng talks about his reasons for giving up working as a photojournalist and what role apartheid, the people and history of South Africa, and spirituality play in his work. Mofokeng also addresses questions concerning the impact of a photograph and the sources of its expressive power.

Figures & Fictions: Santu Mofokeng from Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo.

The video was released in 2011 in conjunction with an interview series by Tamar Garb on the occasion of the exhibition Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Santu Mofokeng, Chasing Shadows – Thirty years of photographic essays

From 4 May to 29 July 2012 the retrospective Chasing Shadows was shown at Kunsthall Antwerpen. Together with the artist, curator Corinne Diseren had selected more than 200 images out of Mofokeng’s archives.

Chasing Shadows is a co-production between Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerpen, Jeu de Paume, Paris, Kunsthalle Bern and Bergen Kunsthall.