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


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.

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