Mikhael Subotzky - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mikhael Subotzky made Die Vier Hoeke during his final year at Michaelis School of Fine Art. This body of work was a culmination of the three months he spent working at Pollsmoor Prison. Here, in this overcrowded, gang-run correctional facility, Subotzky taught photography workshops and built a rapport with the inmates and staff. Taken from gang terminology, the series title Die Vier Hoeke means four corners and refers to not only the physical space but also the gang law that governs the prison. To create this work, Subotsky has smashed the reinforced glass, drawing our attention to how the photograph acts as an intermediary the representational and physical world.


Maplank and Naomi, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison from Die Vier Hoeke

Archival pigment print, flush-mounted and face-mounted to toughened glass smashed by the artist.
Image/Sheet: 49.5 x 74.5 cm (19 1/2 x 29 3/8 in.)
Frame: 50 x 75 cm (19 5/8 x 29 1/2 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 5/5 on a Certificate of Authenticity accompanying the work.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £8,125

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London Auction 3 November 2016