Mikhael Subotzky - ULTIMATE Evening & Photographs Day Sales London Thursday, May 17, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Flowers Gallery, London, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    This claustrophobic image of inmates sharing beds in an overcrowded cell in Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison formed Mikhael Subotzky’s 2004 thesis project at the University of Cape Town. He visited inmates, getting to know them and teaching them photography. The visits resulted in this project; its title The Four Walls refers to prisoners’ slang for the enclosing facades. In 2005, on South African Independence Day, these photographs were exhibited inside the prison itself, creating a unique experience by transforming a penitentiary into an environment for expression and exploration.

Michel and Sally Strauss Contemporary Photography Collection


Cell 33, E2 Section (1), Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison

Archival pigment print, flush-mounted.
Image: 46.5 x 126 cm (18 1/4 x 49 5/8 in.)
Frame: 59 x 137.5 cm (23 1/4 x 54 1/8 in.)

Signed, dated and numbered 6/9 in pencil in the margin.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £8,125

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