FEBRUARY 28 – APRIL 11, 2021

Mikhael Subotzky’s works are the results of his fractured attempts to place himself in relation to the social, historical, and political narratives that surround him. As an artist working in film, video installation, and photography, as well as more recently in collage and painting, Subotzky engages critically with contemporary politics of representation. “At the heart of my work is a fixation with revealing the gap between what is presented (and idealised) and what is hidden, coupled with a desire to pull apart and reassemble the schizophrenia of contemporary existence,” he says. This Masterclass will engage with Subotzky’s photographic practice as a core element of all his various ways of working. Sessions will highlight how photography feeds into various modes of making (photography, painting, collage, book-making, filmmaking, etc.) and explore the ways in which each of these practices are distinct as well as interconnected. A mix of lecture, crit, and guest speakers will be employed to provide a broad foundation for photographers looking to expand into other mediums to explore their ideas, ask questions, and gain insight.

SCHEDULE: Meets Sundays online from 6-9pm (Johannesburg), 5-8pm (Paris), 11am-2pm (New York) on the following days: February 28, March 7, 14, 21 & 28 + an individual 1:1 meeting (30 minutes) to be scheduled on April 4 or 11, 2021. A list of materials to prepare, upload portfolio page links & Zoom classroom logins will be provided a week before the start of class.

Cover image: © Mikhael Subotzky, WYE, Installation view, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 2016. (Photo: silversalt photography)

© Mikhael Subotzky (with Patrick Waterhouse), Ponte City, Installation view, Le Bal, Paris, 2014.

© Mikhael Subotzky (with Patrick Waterhouse), Ponte City, Installation view, Le Bal, Paris, 2014.

© Mikhael Subotzky, Sticky-tape Transfer 23 – Like Ostriches from the Other Side, 2016.

© Mikhael Subotzky, WYE Study 7, 2016.


© Anthea Pokroy

Mikhael Subotzky (b. 1981, Cape Town) is a Johannesburg based artist whose works in multiple mediums (including film installation, video, photography, collage and painting) attempt to engage critically with the instability of images and the politics of representation. Subotzky has exhibited in a number of important international exhibitions, including most recently Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at the Barbican in London (2020), Inheritance: Recent Video Art from Africa at the Fowler Museum (UCLA) in Los Angeles (2019) and Ex Africa in various venues in Brazil (2017-18). His award-winning Ponte City project (co-authored with Patrick Waterhouse) was presented at Art Basel Unlimited in 2018. The full exhibition and archive of this project has since been acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and will be the subject of a monographic exhibition there in 2021. Subotzky’s work is collected widely by international institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (New York), the National Gallery of Art (Washington), Tate (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the South African National Gallery, among others. Subotzky’s work was included in Lubumbashi (2013) and Liverpool (2012) biennials. Pixel Interface, a multi-component video installation, was included in All The World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

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