Santu Mofokeng,
Chasing Shadows
30 years of photographic essays
from 24 May 2011
until 25 September 2011
Jeu de Paume, Paris

The exhibition and the accompanying book bring together a unique selection of the photographic essays made by Santu Mofokeng over the last thirty years.
Well-known from his projects Black Photo Album/Look at me: 1890-1900s, Township Billboards: Beauty, sex and cell phones, Trauma Landscapes and Chasing Shadows, the South African artist took the opportunity of the invitation for this show and the production of his first comprehensive monograph, to delve deep into his artistic archive.

"Santu Mofokeng, Chasing Shadows – 30 years of photographic essays" presents a selection of more than 200 images (photographs and a slideshow), texts and documents. The photographic essays he composed over the years, some of which are a life-long work in progress, range from the Soweto of his youth, from his investigations of life on the farms, the everyday life of the township and in particular, representations of the self and family histories of black South Africans, to images from the artist’s ongoing exploration of religious rituals and of typologies of landscapes, including his most current project Radiant Landscapes, commissioned specially for this retrospective.

> CURATOR: Corinne Diserens

The exhibition “Santu Mofokeng, chasseur d’ombres – 30 ans d’essais photographiques” is organised by Jeu de Paume, Paris, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Kunsthalle Bern, and Bergen Kunsthall.
The show is supported by deBuren, Brussels and the Institut Français, in collaboration with the Ville de Paris/Institut Français international residency programme at Les Récollets.

Jeu de Paume gratefully acknowledges special support from NEUFLIZE VIE, its global partner, for the exhibition “Santu Mofokeng, chasseur d’ombres - 30 ans d’essais photographiques.”

With thanks to the Embassy of South Africa, Paris
and Autograph ABP, London.

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