Santu Mofokeng (b. 1956, Johannesburg) is the first artist to receive the biennial honor, which has been established by Fondazione Fotografia Modena and Sky Arte HD to recognise a living photographer of any nationality, whose artistic research has made a significant contribution to the development of the language of imagery in any of its multifaceted declinations.
Santu Mogfokeng has received an award of € 70,000. Coinciding with the award ceremony, the Fondazione Fotografia Modena has presented his solo exhibition ‘Santu Mofokeng. A Silent Solitude‘ , curated by Simon Njami, on view at the Modena Foro Boario, Italy, March 6 to May 8, 2016.
An international jury selected Santu Mofokeng as the winner of the 2016 Prize from a short list of six finalists, which included Claudia Andujar(Switzerland),Rineke Dijkstra (the Netherlands), Jim Goldberg (US), Yasumasa Morimura(Japan), and Zanele Muholi (South-Africa).