There is to all Santu Mofokeng’s works a quotidian quietude – the artist looking not to political drama but to life’s minutiae. The tumult of the times, Mofokeng believed, need not be made explicit in photographs. Rather, he suggested, “the violence is in the knowing”; latent in the very places and people he pictured. In this book, the artist presents a selection of 76 photographs, which are accompanied by autobiographical texts.
Santu Mofokeng is part of a selection of books available from proto~ that coincides with Sean O’Toole’s research exhibition Photo book! Photo-book! Photobook! at A4 Arts Foundation, from February 11 to April 29, 2022.
27 x 20.7 cm | softcover
Santu Mofokeng was born in Johannesburg in 1956. He started work as a street photographer in Soweto, but in the early 1980s, during a time of accelerated political activism, embarked on a career in documentary photography. Having won several awards and staged numerous exhibitions, Mofokeng became one of South Africa's foremost photographers. Engaging subjects as visually diverse as religious ritual, black middle-class identities, and the signifying potential of landscape, he mined the comfort zones of racial and cultural memory, always foregrounding the ideological role of representation.