RETINAL SHIFT . Mikhael Subotzky



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Retinal Shift is the catalogue for Mikhael Subotzky’s 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Exhibition, which will tour every major museum in South Africa. Retinal Shift investigates the practice and mechanics of looking – in relation to the history of Grahamstown, the history of photographic devices, and Subotzky’s own history as an artist. The works draw on archival portraits from the last century, found surveillance footage, as well as Subotzky’s own photographs from various series’ that he re-contextualizes.

The opening work in the book is a self-portrait that Subotzky made with the assistance of an optometrist. High-resolution images of his left and right retinas sit side by side. Says Subotzky: “I was fascinated by this encounter. At the moment that my retinas, parts of my essential organs of seeing, were photographed, I was blinded by the apparatus that made the images.

Exhibitions: Grahamstown National Arts Festival, 28 June to 8 July 2012; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, 25 July to 5 September 2012; Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, 20 September to 11 November 2012; IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 28 November 2012 to 9 January 2013; Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein, 27 February to 29 March 2013; Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, 15 April to 23 April 2013; University of Potchefstroom Art Gallery, Potchefstroom, 27 June to 2 August 2013


By Mikhael Subotzky


ISBN 139783869305394

Publication Date 07/2012

Language English

Hardback / Clothbound

Siegertitel Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2013 Kategorie Fotobildbände

Shortlisted for the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2012

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