Tshabangu, Andrew
Born 1966 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa
With a career spanning more than 20 years, Tshabangu works with social documentary modes and visual expressions akin to magic realism and surrealism owing to his smoky and blurry images. This visual grammar renders his black and white photographs poetically enchanting in the manner they capture the ordinary practices of everyday life. Tshabangu’s interest is in the subtlety and nuances of his subjects as well as daily movements, transactions and metamorphoses of places. The poetics of his photographs transport viewers to various enigmatic locations and prompting moments, where they are invited to contemplate, appreciate and reflect on the complexity of what Tshabangu calls the quieter things in society.
Andrew Tshabangu, Rearview Mirror, 2004, From the series, City in Translation, Vintage Print, 40 x 60 cm. Courtesy L'Agence à Paris