This educational supplement is published together with a Taxi Art Book on Santu Mofokeng. He works as a freelance curator, writer, researcher and photographer, based in Johannesburg but travelling extensively. Born in Johannesburg in 1956, he began his photographic career informally as a street photographer in Soweto, and in the early 1980’s set out to pursue photography in earnest, mostly through documentary coverage of political activity at the time.
Having won several awards, and staged numerous exhibitions in the interim, Mofokeng has become one of South Africa’s foremost photographers – one whose work re-situates the role of the medium in the country’s history. Engaging subjects as visually diverse as religious ritual, black middle-class identities, and the signifying potential of landscape, he upsets the comfort zones of racial and cultural memory, always foregrounding the ideological role of representation.
Philippa Hobbs, the author of this educational supplement, is the co-coordinator of literature and publishing for the MTN Art Institute, and is also a practising printmaker who has held many exhibitions of her own work. She maintained the post of Senior Lecturer in printmaking at the Technikon Witwatersrand from 1986 to 1993. Since 1995 she has been engaged in research on South African printmaking, and has published books and art teaching resources for South African learners and teachers.
TAXI is a series of titles on contemporary South African artists, initiated in 1999 by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and published by David Krut Publishing. The series aims to extend the profile of South African artists both locally and abroad, and in collaboration with the MTN Art institute, to develop an active educational programme and teaching resource archive.