"Landscape is the mute witness to histories and narratives" Santu Mofokeng, a storyteller of note. Mofokeng won the Ernest Cole Scholarship in 1992 and studied at the International Centre for Photography in New York. Mofokeng has returned to home soil after a years "sabbatical" in Bremen, Germany. Mofokeng held the position of researcher and documentary photographer for the Institute for Advanced Social Research for ten years at the University of the Witwatersrand.

He has won many awards and fellowships in Africa, the United States and Germany. Mofokeng has shared his vision and ideas at a number of seminars, symposiums and panel discussions around the world; he has been the instigator of and collaborator with many photographic showcases.

Solo exhibitions

  • "The Black Photo Album/ Look At Me (photos)" - FNAC Montparnasse, France, 1999
  • "Chasing Shadows" - Nederland Foto Instituut (NFI), Rotterdam, Holland, 1998
  • "Black Photo Album/ Look At Me" (slides and text slides) - NFI, Holland, 1998
  • "Lunarscapes" - Nederland Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, Holland,1998
  • "Chasing Shadows" - Gertrude Posel Gallery, Wits University, South Africa, 1997
  • "Distorting Mirror/Townships Imagined" - Workers Library, Johannesburg, 1995
  • "Rumours/ The Bloemhof Portfolio" - Market Galleries, Johannesburg, SA, 1994
  • "Like Shifting Sand" - Market Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1990

Group shows

  • "Black Sash Human Rights Exhibition" - Market Galleries, Johannesburg, S.A. 1989
  • "Zabalaza Cultural Festival" - London, United Kingdom, 1990
  • "History Workshop Open Day Festival" - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1990
  • "Women's Exhibition" Malibongwe Women's Conference - Amsterdam, Holland, 1990
  • "Going Home" with Paul Weinberg - Canon Image Centre, Amsterdam, Holland, 1990.
  • "AA Vita ‘Art Now '" - Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa, 1991
  • "Tenant Labourers" - N.G.B.K., Berlin, Germany, 1991
  • "FNAC - Mother Jones Award winners 1992" - Light Factory Gallery, North Carolina United States of America, 1993
  • "Happy Sad Land", Herten Fotofestival - Herten, Germany, 1993
  • "Montage 1993 - International Festival of the Image" Rochester, New York, 1993
  • USA "In Transit" - New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA, 1993
  • "Recontre de la Photographie Africaine" - Bamako, Mali, 1994
  • "This Land is our Land" - Market Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1994
  • "Panoramas of Passage" - Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts, Grahamstown, South Africa, 1995
  • "Assises de l'Afrique au Siege de l'Unesco" - Paris, France, 1995
  • "South African Photography" with Peter Magubane, Institut Fur Auslandsbeziehungen Gallery, Bonn, Germany, 1995.
  • "Transitions: Contemporary Art from South Africa" F-Stop Gallery, Bath, U.K., 1995
  • "The Third International Photographic Biennale", Tenerife, Canary Islands, 1995
  • "In/Sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present", Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA.
  • 1996"Images of Africa Festival" - Copenhagen, Denmark, 1996
  • "Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts" Grahamstown, South Africa, 1996"Colors - Contemporary Art from South Africa", Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany, 1996
  • "3rd Recontres de la Photographie Africaine" - Bamako, Mali, 1997.
  • "Dreams and Clouds" KultuurHuset, Stockholm, Sweden, 1997 "Democracy's Images" - Bild Museet, Umea, Sweden, 1997
  • "FNB Vita Awards for visual Art", Sandton Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa, 1997
  • "2nd Johannesburg Biennale", Electric Workshop, Johannesburg. South Africa, 1997
  • "blank__ Architecture, apartheid and after " - Nederlands Architecture Institute Rotterdam, Holland, 1998
  • "Africa by Africa: A Photographic View" - Barbican Centre, London, UK, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary, 1999
  • A South Photographs collective exhibition, Area Gallery, CapeTown, 1999.

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