Mikhael Subotzky

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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Available works


Available works

  • Tamatie, Beaufort West Prison, 2006

    Light jet C- print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper
    122 x 145,5 cm

  • Jacks Shine Swanepoel's Shoes, Beaufort West Prison, 2006

    Light jet c-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper
    105 x 128,5 cm

  • Jaco, Beaufort West Prison, 2006

    Light jet C- print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper
    122 x 145,5 cm

  • Pasvang, Pollsmoor, 2004

    Pigment print on coton paper
    47 x 70 cm

  • Michelle, Mallies Household, Rustdene Township, 2008

    Light jet c-print on Fuji crystal archive paper
    122 x 145,5 cm

  • Street Party Saxonwold (0330), 2008

    Injekt print su Dibond with face-mounted toughened glass smashed by the artist
    100 x 125 cm

  • Doctor, Vaalkoppies, Beaufort west rubbish dump, beaufort west (0445), 2006

    Injeckt print on Dibond
    80 x 100 x 3,5 cm


  • Installation view, 2007

    Studio la Città, Verona


  • Masculinities: Liberation through Photography is a major group exhibition that explores how masculinity is experienced, performed, coded and socially constructed through the works of photographers and film-maker from the 1960s to the present day, featuring also some pieces by Mikhael Subotzky. Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street – London |20 February – 17 May 2020