Mikhael Subotzky’s Epilogue: Disordered and Flatulent (2022) is the complement to Moses and Griffiths (2012) and WYE (2016), two powerful films that explore the South African artist’s colonial inheritance. Including a libretto written by Subotzky and a score created by Jonathan M. Blair, this single-channel film consists of four chapters that not only consider the relationship between the Enlightenment and the international slave trade, imperialist extraction, and the colonization of South Africa, but also, as his London gallery, the Goodman Gallery, articulately puts it, “patriarchy’s shapeshifting ability to pass violence on from generation to generation.”
This event will include a screening of the film and an introduction by curator Dr. Candice M. Hamelin, who will also use the film to contextualize the installation of sticky tape transfers, part of Subotzky’s series The Gangsters, in the exhibition Jetzt: Magnum Photos.
The artist will be available for a digital Q&A after the screening.
Mikhael Subotzky (*b. 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans photography, film, video installation, collage, and painting. Over the past fifteen years, Subotzky, who rose to fame in 2004 for Die Vier Hoeke (The Four Corners), a photographic project about South Africa’s penal system, has been creating works that explore the instability of images and the politics of representation.