March 6 - May 8, 2016

Santu Mofokeng. A Silent Solitude

Santu Mofokeng. A Silent Solitude

Mostra del vincitore del Premio Internazionale per la Fotografia 2016

Santu Mofokeng (b. 1956, Johannesburg) has been awarded the International Photography Prize 2016. He is the first artist to receive the biennial honor, which has been established by Fondazione Fotografia Modena and Sky Arte HD to recognise a living photographer of any nationality, whose artistic research has made a significant contribution to the development of the language of imagery in any of its multifaceted declinations. Each edition of the Prize is dedicated to a different theme, linked to the current moment and thus one of particular interest to contemporary artists. The first edition of the Prize dealt with the theme of Identity.

Santu Mogfokeng has received an award of € 70,000. Coinciding with the award ceremony, the Fondazione Fotografia Modena has presented his solo exhibition ‘Santu Mofokeng. A Silent Solitude‘ , curated by Simon Njami, on view at the Modena Foro Boario, Italy, March 6 to May 8, 2016.

An international jury selected Santu Mofokeng as the winner of the 2016 Prize from a short list of six finalists, which included Claudia Andujar (Switzerland), Rineke Dijkstra (the Netherlands), Jim Goldberg (US), Yasumasa Morimura (Japan), and Zanele Muholi (South-Africa).

The international jury, chaired by Filippo Maggia, Director, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, was comprised of eminent curators and museum directors, including Christine Frisinghelli (Camera Austria), Shinji Kohmoto (Parasophia Festival Kyoto), Simon Njami (Revue Noir), and Thyago Nogueira (head, Department of Photography, Instituto Moreira Salles, Brasil).

The jury statement describes their decision: “Everyone was very aware of the great responsibility of choosing a winning photographer, not only for his or her interpretation of the given theme – identity – but also for offering a suitable vision of what the International Photography Prize aims at becoming over the years. Not one of the many celebratory awards, nor a prize for lifetime achievement, but an example of quality. Santu Mofokeng is an artist who has made his reserve a way of life; he does not belong to any system and this freedom has enabled him to create stunning images. His creativity is totally open-ended, it does not focus on a specific subject but revolves around the theme of establishing an identity. The variety of subjects and the ability to approach them clear-sightedly and with rational starkness distinguish his oeuvre”. It has also been stated that “Santu Mofokeng has been able to develop a strong career and an uncompromising body of work in photography, documenting South African reality from the Apartheid period to the present time; the question of black identity and integration between communities has always been crucial to his work”.

Photo: Santu Mofokeng, Mme MaMotaung, Chicken Farm Informal Settlement, 1985, from the series “Townships”
© The Santu Mofokeng Foundation – Images courtesy Lunetta Bartz, MAKER, Johannesburg

March 6 – May 8, 2016


Foro Boario
Modena, Via Bono da Nonantola, 2


organised by
Fondazione Fotografia Modena
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena

in association with
Sky Arte HD

in partnership with

technical partners
Codognotto Italia S.p.A.

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