CV Mikhael Subotzky

Personal details

Born on 15 September 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa

Contact details Subotzky Studio
+27 11 334 6176 (South Africa)

Gallery representation Goodman Gallery
+27 11 788 1113 (South Africa)

Editorial / Commercial representation Magnum Photos
+44 20 7490 1771 (London)

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Foam (Fotomuseum), Amsterdam
21C Museum, Kentucky
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
Walther Collection, Ulm
Le Maison Rouge, Paris
Saachi Collection, London
Elton John Collection, Atlanta
Pilara Collection, San Francisco



2015 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize for Ponte City (with Patrick Waterhouse)
2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award – Visual Arts, Johannesburg
2011 Discovery Award at Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles
2009 Oskar Barnack Award, Arles
2009 Lou Stouman Award, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
2008 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant, New York
2008 ICP Infinity Award (Young Photographer Award), New York
2007 City of Perpignan Young Photographer Award, Perpignan
2007 KLM Paul Huff Award, Amsterdam
2006 F25 Award for Concerned Photography, Fabrica, Italy
2005 Special Juror’s Prize at the VIes Recontres Africaines de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali
2005 Merit Award winner at the ABSA L’Atelier Competition, Cape Town
2004 Exhibited finalist in the Brett Kebble Art Awards, Cape Town International Conference Centre, Cape Town

Grants and Residencies

2014 Goethe Institute Grant, Johannesburg
2013 MAC/VAL Residency, Paris
2013 Goethe Institute Grant, Johannesburg
2013 South African National Arts Council Grant, Johannesburg
2013 Business and Arts South Africa Grant, Johannesburg
2008 Civitella Ranieri fellowship, Italy
2008 Goethe Institute Grant, Johannesburg
2007 Civitella Ranieri fellowship, Italy
2007 One-year residency at Fabrica, Treviso
2006 Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo, Amsterdam
2005 South African National Arts Council Grant, Johannesburg
2005 Goethe Institute Grant, Johannesburg

One/Two Person Exhibitions

2014 Ponte City, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (with Patrick Waterhouse)
2014 Show ‘n Tell, Goodman Gallery Cape Town, Cape Town
2014 Ponte City, FotoMuseum Antwerpen, Antwerpen (with Patrick Waterhouse)
2014 Ponte City, Le Bal, Paris (with Patrick Waterhouse)
2013 Stuff Barta, MAC/VAL – Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Paris
2013 Vos rêves nous dérangent (Your dreams disturb us), Parc de la Villette, Paris
2012 Retinal Shift, Standard Bank Young Artist Award, Touring show at various South African venues
2010 Recent Works: Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
2009 Two Projects, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2008 New Photography 2008: Josephine Meckseper and Mikhael Subotzky, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2007 Beaufort West, Studio La Citta, Verona
2007 Beaufort West, FOAM (Foto Museum Amsterdam), Amsterdam
2007 Beaufort West, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town
2006 Die Vier Hoeke and Umjiegwana, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2006 Die Vier Hoeke, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
2005 Die Vier Hoeke in the Nelson Mandela Cell at Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town

Curatorial Projects

2013 This House in Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (with Anthea Buys)

Group Exhibitions

2015 Africa: Architecture, Culture and Identity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
2015 56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures, Venice
2015 The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art
2015 Deutsche Börse: Photography Prize 2015, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
2015 Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein
2015 The Poetry In Between: South-South / 2015, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
2015 Other People’s Memories, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2014 Junge Sammlungen 02, Museum für moderne Kunst, Weserburg
2014 Destini/Storie/Vite, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, La Spezia
2014 Art Unlimited, Basel
2014 Le Mur, La Maison Rouge, Paris
2014 4/30: Goodman Gallery and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2014 Contemporary Art from South Africa, State University of North Carolina Museum Appalachia
2014 Contemporary Art / South Africa, Yale Art Gallery, New Haven
2014 In Context: The Portrait in Contemporary Photographic Practice, Wellin Museum of Art, New York
2014 Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts / San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
2014 Apartheid and After, Huis Marseille Museum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam
2014 Surfacing, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
2013 Rencontres Picha Biennale de Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi
2013 This House in Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2013 My Jo’burg, La Maison Rouge, Paris
2013 Magnum Contact Sheets, Forte Di Bard
2013 Structures, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
2013 Expo 1: Dark Optimism, MoMA PS1, New York
2013 A Different Kind of Order, Triennial at the International Center of Photography Triennial, New York
2013 Earth Matters, Smithsonian, Washington
2013 Concrete – Photography and Architecture, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
2012 The Unexpected Guest, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
2012 Out of Focus: Photography, The Saatchi Gallery, London
2012 Photobiennale-2012, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
2011 The 6th Curitiba Biennial, Curitiba, Brazil
2011 Highrise – Idea and Reality, The Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Switzerland
2011 Arles Discovery Award Exhibition, Arles
2011 Appropriated Landscapes, The Walther Collection in Neu Ulm/Burlafingen, Germany
2011 Photography Now: Engaged, Personal, and Vital, The New York Photo Festival, New York
2011 Fotográfica Bogotá, Colombia
2011 Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2010 12th Cairo Biennale, Cairo
2010 In Context, South African National Gallery, Cape Town and Arts on Main, Johannesburg
2010 Contemporary African Photography from the Walther Collection: Events of the Self, Portraiture and Social Identity, The Walther Collection, Ulm
2010 Languages and Experimentations, MART (Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto), Rovereto
2010 PEEKABOO – Current South Africa, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
2010 Breaking News: Contemporary Photography from the Middle East and Africa, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena
2010 Ampersand: A Dialogue of Contemporary Art from South Africa & the Daimler Art Collection, Berlin, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
2010 The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African Landscape, Old Town House, Cape Town
2010 Magnum. Shifting Media. New Role of Photography, C/O, Berlin
2010 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
2010 South African Photography 1950-2010, Museum Gogh, Gogh and Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2009 Us, South African National Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Goodman Gallery Projects, Johannesburg
2009 Still Revolution: Suspended In Time, Contact Photo Festival, Toronto
2009 Nation States, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town
2009 Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London
2009 Three Stories: Pieter Hugo, Mikhael Subotzky, Paolo Woods, Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Luxembourg
2009 Trouble in Paradise, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson
2008 Business as Usual, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit
2008 A Look Away – South African photography today, Kuckei Kuckei, Berlin
2008 Unseen, An Exhibition of International Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
2008 ZA, Young Art from South Africa, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
2007 A Legacy of Men, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2007 NY C Photo, Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, Luxembourg and New York
2007 Bare Life, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem
2007 Says the junk in the yard, Flowers East, London
2007 The Loaded Lens, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
2007 Lumo 07 – ‘Us’ – 7th International Photography Triennial, Jyvaskyla
2007 Lift off II, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
2007 Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa: Reality Check, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
2006 Snap Judgements: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography at the International Center for Photography curated by Okwui Enwezor, New York
2006 Risk, Exhibition of the 2006 Joop Swart Masterclass, FOAM, Amsterdam
2006 The Living is Easy, Flowers East Gallery, London
2006 New Code, Studio La Citta, Verona
2006 Personae & Scenarios – New African Photography, Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea, Rome
2006 Olvida quien soy (Erase me from who I am), Centro Atlantico de Art Moderno, Canary Islands
2005 VIes Recontres Africaines de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali
2005 The Pantagruel Syndrome, T1, Turin Triennial curated by Francesco Bonami and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Rivoli
2005 Click, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2005 Vyf Kurators, Vyftien Kunstenaars [Five Curators, Fifteen Artists], Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn


Major Publications

Aperture Magazine
ID Magazine
C Photo Magazine
Portfolio (Contrasto)
Foam Magazine
Ojo De Pez
A Magazine
The Los Angeles Times
The Guardian Magazine

Artworks in the SAFFCA Collection