Andrew Tshabangu

Andrew Tshabangu was born in 1966, Johannesburg, South Africa, where he currently lives and works. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Tshabangu studied photography at the Alexandra Community Art Centre in 1990 and thereafter pursued freelancing work for New Nation.In 1998 he studied photojournalism at the Institute of Advancement for Journalism.He has taught photography at the Children’s Photography Workshop in 1995 and at the Market Photo Workshop in 1998-1999. Tshabangu has facilitated photographic workshops in Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Mozambique, Réunion Islands and Guyanaas well as taken up residencies in Réunion Islands, London, New York and Nairobi.

Through his photography Tshabangu works with social documentary modes and visual expressions akin to magic realism and surrealism owing to his smoky and blurry images. This visual grammar renders his black and white photographs are poetically enchanting in the manner they capture the ordinary and practices of everyday life. Tshabangu’s interest is in the subtlety and nuances of his subjects as well as daily movements, transactions and metamorphoses of places. Thepoetics of his photographs transport viewersto various enigmatic locations and prompting moments, where they are invited to contemplate, appreciate and reflect on the complexity of what Tshabangucalls the quieter things in society.

Curriculum Vitae
Soweto Pop up festival, Soweto, South Africa
Black Metal and House wine, Institute des Afrique, France
Fusion a Espace, saint Remi. France

Footprints, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa
Hearing Footprints, Orbit Jazz bar, Johannesburg, South Africa
Footprints, Iziko Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
Resist, Nimes, France
Afrique Capitales, at Gare Saint Sauveur, Lile, France
Ex Africa, Rio de Jenero Brazil
Survey Exhibition, Standard Bank Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Group Show, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
Art Santa Fé Art Fair, New Mexico, USA
The incantation of the disquieting muse, SAVVY, Berlin, Germany
Foundations and Futures: Celebrating 25 years, Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa
San Diego art fair, California, USA
Art Basel, Miami art fair, Miami, USA
Habashwe, Sosame Gallery, Johannesburg
Revival, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town

Towards Intersections, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Towards Intersections,Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
100 years of Johannesburg Art Gallery, JAG, Johannesburg, South Africa
Art Santa Fé Art Fair, New Mexico, USA
On Fire: Notions of Community in post-Apartheid, Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany

The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, MMK Museum fürModerneKunst, Frankfurt, Germany
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, SCAD Museum of Arts, Washington, USA
Addis Fotofest, Addis Ababa, Ethopia
Gwanza month of Photography, Harare, Zimbabwe
Divine Comedy: SCAD Museum of Arts, Savannah, Georgia, USA
Divine Comedy: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Bombay Sapphire Imagination Room: Photography and Video, Soweto, South Africa
Bridges, La Maison des Metalis, Paris, France
Bridges, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
Bridges, Museé Léon Dierx, Reunion Island
Always moving forward, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada
Laatikkomo-Six degrees of photography, Finland

KibiraNimoja, Goethe institute, Nairobi, Kenya
A useful Dream: African Photography 1960-2010, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bozar Brussels, Belgium
Bridges, Durban Art Gallery, South Africa

Darkroom photography and new media in South Africa, Birmingham Museum of Arts, Alabama, USA
Bridges, Espaceculturel et artistique de saint Beniot, Réunion Island
KibiraNimoja, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Place of honour for Africa, Paris Photo, France

Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
Darkroom photography and new media in South Africa, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Visual Arts, USA

City in Transition, Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
City in Transition,GalerieSeippel, Köln/Cologne, Germany
City in Transition, Kunst: RaumSylt-Quelle, Rantum/Sylt, Germany Emmerich

City in Transition, IwalewaHaus, Bayreuth, Germany (catalogue)
National Museum Nairobi, Kenya,
Amnesia: Platform III Espace 1789, Paris, France

VII RecontresAfricaines de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali
The Hereford Photography Festival, Hereford, United Kingdom
City in Transition, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Contemporary Photographic Art from South Africa, traveling exhibition in Germany, Museum Bochum, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen

18. InternationalePhotoszene, Black & White South Africa with Jürgen Schadeberg, GalerieSeippel, Cologne, Germany,
Black, Brown, White – FotofgrafieausSüdafrika, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
VII. Biennale de l’ArtAfricainContemporain, Dakar, Senegal

International Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic
Second Sight, South African section curated by Dr. Ralf Seippel (catalogue)
Mooimarkshow Wien – Johannesburg, KunsthalleExnergasse, Vienna, Austria
Glaubens-Bilder, GalerieSeippel, Köln/Cologne, Germany
New Identities, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
KulturvereinZehntscheuer, Rottenburg/Neckar, Germany
South Africa: Past and Present, Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Public Transport (with David Koloane, Frank Rother and Hubert Dechant), Kunst: RaumSylt-Quelle, Rantum/Sylt, Germany
New Identities, Museum Bochum, Germany,
International Festival of Photography, African Institute, Rome, Italy,
Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
In a City (with Sam Nhlengethwa), Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa
DaimlerChrysler Photography, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

On Sacred Ground, GalerieSeippel, Köln/Cologne, Germany
Bond Kunsthalle, Africalia, Brugge, Belgium, curated by Michel Dewilde in co-operation with GalerieSeippel, Cologne, Germany
De LegeRuiimte Gallery, Gent, Belgium

Tracing the Rainbow, Kunst:RaumSylt-Quelle, Rantum/Sylt, Germany
Tracing the Rainbow, KulturvereinZehntscheuer, Rottenburg /Neckar, Germany,

Connecting Africa, Guyana National Museum of African Art, George Town, Guyana
Spuren des Regenbogens-Kunst und LebenimsüdlichenAfrika, Schloßmuseum Linz, OberösterreichischesLandesmuseum, Linz , Austria,
Portrait of the spirit, Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, South Africa

Every child is my child, African Art Window Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
A world of Christians: Christian Art from South Africa, NordjyllandsKunstmuseum, Aalborg Denmark
Translation/Seduction/Displacement – “White diaspora”, White Box Gallery, New York, USA,
PorträtAfrika, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Global Art – South African Contemporary, GalerieSeippel, Köln/Cologne, Germany
An evening of photography, Dorsey Gallery, New York, USA
Art Dialogue, Castle of Good Hope, B Block, Cape Town South Africa, South Africa –Germany, curated by David Koloane and Dr. Ralf Seippel
Africa by Africa, Barbican Center, London, United Kingdom

Anthologie de la photographieAfricaine, MaisonEuropéenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
Peace in everyday life: Speak out on Poverty, travelling exhibition in South Africa, France, Brazil

Photosynthesis, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg South Africa
Exchange and Energy, City 2, Brussels, Belgium
Galerie La Bas, Marseille, France
In my Father’s house, Cross Cultural Festival La Reunion, France

II. Rencontres de la photographieafricaine, Bamako, Mali
20th Anniversary of Soweto students uprising Hector Peterson, Hector Peterson Memorial Square, Soweto, South Africa

Moments without Proper Name, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

National Collections
Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Johannesburg, South Africa
SASOL, Johannsburg, South Africa
Wits Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Standard Bank Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sandton Business District, Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
IZIKO Museums, Cape Town, South Africa
Matjoli Resources, Johannesburg, South Africa
International Collections
Dokolo Foundation, Angola
Sao Capital, London, United Kingdom
Revue Noire, Paris, France
Bamako Art Centre, Bamako, Mali
DaimlerChrysler Art Collection, Berlin, Germany
Private Art Collection
William Kentridge, South Africa
Mary Wen Holz,
BeateBaethke, Germany
Simon Njami, France
Lenny Gittens, New York City

PUBLICATIONS: Reading References
PatienceBambalele, “INTO SPACE” in Sowetan Live, August 19, 2011.
“Bridges: A photographic Project” in Artthrob: Contemporary Art in South,November, 2012.

Sabine Cessou, “From Press Photography to Art Photography” in Africultres, Septemeber 01, 2001.

Alex Dodd,“Nhlengethwa&Tshabangu” in Art South Africa, Volume 03, Issue 03, 2005, pp. 72.
KhweziGule, “The Honesty of Playing it Safe” in Mail and Guardian, August 12, 2011
“Footprints: In Conversation with Andrew Tshabangu and Thembinkosi Goniwe” in Art Africa, December Issue, 2016, pp. 62-71.
“In Conversation with Andrew Tshabangu” in Contemporary And: Platform for International Art from African Perspective, April 02, 2014.
Stefanie Jason, “16 Significant SA Photographers to Know” in Mail & Guardian, September 18, 2014.
SéverineKodjo-Grandvaux,“Photography: the glances of Savignan and Tshabangu” in JeuneAfrique, October 21, 2013.
Edward Kgosidintsi, “Black Social photography in South Africa, Before & After” in, September 05, 2016.

Matthew Krouse and Andrew Tshabangu, “Different Brands Faith” in Voices of Africa, March 28, 2013.
“Laatikkomo’s Interview with Andrew Tshabangu” in Laatikkomo, July 17, 2013.
Brownwyn Law-Viljoen, “Photographing Johannesburg” in Representation and Spatial Practices in South Africa, ed. Leora Farber (Johannesburg: VIAD, 2008), pp. 192-209.

Anne Lie and Nina Hoboth, A World of Christians: Christian Art from South Africa (Denmark, Aalborg: NordjyllandsKunstmuseum, 2000).
FanisaMasia, “Photographers Exhibit Spirituality” in The New Wage, October 10, 2012.
Nicole Menut, Anthology of African Photography and the Indian Ocean (Paris: Editions Revue Noir, 1998).
Sean O’Toole, “Interrogating the Lingering Shadow of Faith” in Mail & Guardian, March 28, 2013.
WoudaPitzer, “Wouda Interviews Local Photographer Andrew Tshabangu” in Outdoor Photo, September 16, 2016.

Gabriel Robert, “Bridges, Bridges: Religions the Indian Ocean Stage” inImaz Press, September 01, 2013.,21757.html
LélaSantacroce, “The exhibition “Bridges” connects Reunion Island and South Africa” in Francetvinfo, October 09, 2013.
Heather Snider, “Visual Testimony Through the Ages” in Black & White, Issue No. 37, June 2005, pp. 34-53.
Juan Terblanche, “The Morning After” in Movement Johannesburg, eds. ZahiraAsmal and Guy Trangos (Cape Town: The City, 2015), pp. 63-9.

BoitumeloTlhouele, “Bridging Gaps of Places and Religion on a Spiritual Journey” in Sunday World, April 07, 2013.

Steyn du Toit, “Images Built Bridges” in Sunday Independent, January 14, 2013.

Gisele Turner, “Religion, Rites, Rituals and Photos” in Natal Mercury (South Africa), December 12, 2012.
SharleneVersfeld, “A Spiritual Link” in, October 25, 2012.
Margaret Waller, A Bigger Picture: A Manual of Photojournalism in Southern Africa (Cape Town: Jutas, 2000).

TobiasWendl and Ralph P. Seippel (eds.),Andrew Tshabangu: Johannesburg City Transitions(Cologne/Köln: SieppelVerlag, 2008)

Author, “African Iconography of Christian Faith” inArt South Africa, Issue ??, Number??, 2005, pp.
–June 01, 2005.

Artworks in the SAFFCA Collection