Santu Mofokeng: Stories


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Santu Mofokeng


Heralded for his nuanced and penetratingly ambivalent portrayals of township life in South Africa, Santu Mofokeng fi rst made his name as a member of the Afrapix collective, then as a documentary photographer for the African Studies Institute at Wits University, and fi nally as an independent artist. This groundbreaking series of publications is the result of an unlikely multi-year collaboration between the photographer, bookmaker Lunetta Bartz, editor/curator Joshua Chuang and Gerhard Steidl. Together they have carefully mined and distilled over 30 years of work into 18 defi nitive “stories” that are sharply edited, simply presented and richly printed in an oversized format that recalls the golden age of picture magazines. The stories range in subject from the zealous expressiveness found in “Train Church” and “Pedi Dancers,” and Mofokeng’s complex, long-form depiction of late-twentieth-century indentured servitude in “Labor Tenancies,” to the contested spaces of “Robben Island,” “Trauma,” “Landscapes” and “Billboards.” The majority of the pictures appears here for the fi rst time. Taken together, they reveal the achievement of a major artist of, and for, our times.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 30 July 2019
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Dimensions N/A
Weight 300 g


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