Saturday, May 16, 2015

The recurrent theme of spirituality in the photography of Santu Mofokeng

By Holland Cotter
Santu Mofokeng’s 1996 photograph “Easter Sunday Church Service,” from his series “Chasing Shadows.” Credit The Walther Collection and Lunetta Bartz, MAKER, Johannesburg
NEW YORK---Our art galleries often give us what our museums should but don’t, as is the case with this small yet chronologically comprehensive survey of work by the South African photographer Santu Mofokeng. Spirituality is a recurrent theme. The uncomfortably tight and enclosed devotional atmosphere of the “Train Church” series opens up in 2004 with pictures of the Motouleng Cave, a rural pilgrimage site to which the artist took a brother sick with AIDS. [link]

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