Santu Mofokeng

Dust Storms at Noon on the R34 Between Welkom and Hennenman, Free State I

2007, printed 2011

Not on display

Artist
Santu Mofokeng 1956–2020
Medium
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 665 × 985 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Africa Acquisitions Committee 2017
Reference
P82112

Display caption

Mofokeng’s work draws links between historical trauma and what he calls ‘mutations in nature’. In his series Climate Change, he traces the damage caused by South Africa’s history of mining and abandoned industrial progress. These photographs document land turning into desert, flooding and polluted soil. They also point to the effects of massive carbon emissions on the entire planetary ecosystem. ‘I’m saying: this is what we’re all afraid of’, he commented.

Gallery label, June 2021

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