Andrew Tshabangu: Footprints

Andrew Tshabangu: Footprints

Fourthwall Books and Gallery Momo has announced the imminent publication of Footprints by South African photographer Andrew Tshabangu, the first major retrospective book on the work of this acclaimed artist. The book will be available in late May.

Andrew Tshabangu has been making photographs for over twenty years. He has traversed the city and the countryside – in South Africa and elsewhere – with an ease born of deep familiarity and empathy in order to show everyday lives made meaningful by the rhythms of work, faith and leisure. Each series in this important book suggests a deep contemplation of the places, rituals and material conditions that have structured black life in South Africa, and an understanding of the ways in which people have made virtues of necessity, transformed the mean spaces bequeathed to them by apartheid and mobilised the terms of their own political and spiritual freedom.

The book, sponsored and supported by Gallery Momo as well as Standard Bank, coincides with the exhibition Footprints by Andrew Tshabangu at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg.

Andrew Tshabangu, born 1966 in Soweto, is renowned for his surreal smoky lighting, documenting the rituals of black communities in urban Africa and however, claims to be fascinated by the fact of photographing interiors of living spaces without the physical presence of the inhabitants. He asserted that his work was already a reflection on Dante’s ideas about hell, heaven, purgatory, and religion. Tshabangu’s work has been exhibited internationally. In 2015, he participated in the exhibition The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell, revisited by Contemporary African Artists (in Scad Museum, USA & Moderne Kunst Frankfurt/Main in Frankfurt, Germany).

Andrew Tshabangu: Footprints

Edited and with an introduction by Thembinkosi Goniwe

Preface by Mongane Wally Serote

Essays by Michael Godby, Ashraf Jamal, Neelika M. Jayawardane, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Hlonipha Mokoena, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Simon Njami

Published 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9947009-2-6

Hard cover/Duotone/204 pages

260 x 240 mm

ZAR 650 incl VAT

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