Mikhael Subotzky (b. 1981) is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Subotzky’s work in Pollsmoor Prison, in his final year at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art, led to an extraordinarily engaged series of photographs of life inside that overcrowded institution, ‘Die Vier Hoeke’. This project took place in 2004, where he also worked with the prisoners teaching them to make their own photographs. This image is from that body of work.
Printed by Tony Meintjes.
Mikhael Subotzky was born in 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa and is currently based in Johannesburg.
His film, video and photographic works are concerned with the structures of narrative and representation, as well as the relationship between social storytelling and the formal contingencies of image making. These works have been exhibited and collected by venues such as The Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Modern in London. He has received, amongst others, the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award, The 2012 Discovery Award at Arles, the 2009 Oskar Barnack Award and the 2008 ICP Infinity Award. Previous monographs include Beaufort West (Chris Boot, 2008), Retinal Shift (Steidl, 2012) and Ponte City (Steidl, 2014), which was recently shortlisted for the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. His work has been included on All the World’s Futures at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.