Mikhael Subotzky and Ian Bourland in conversation
27th April 2022
Artist Mikhael Subotzky talks to critic and art historian Ian Bourland about his charged photographic projects of post-apartheid South Africa.
Mikhael Subotzky is a South African artist based in Johannesburg. His installation, film, video and photographic work have been exhibited widely in museums and galleries, and received awards including the KLM Paul Huf Award, W. Eugene Smith Grant, Oskar Barnack Award and the Discovery Award at Rencontres d’Arles.
Ian Bourland is an assistant professor of global contemporary art history and criticism at Georgetown University, and a contributing editor at frieze. He is the author of Bloodflowers, a monograph on Rotimi Fani-Kayode, and 33 1/3: Massive Attack, Blue Lines. His writing has appeared in Artforum International, frieze, Garage, The Economist, The Brooklyn Rail, and Aperture, among others.
He received his BS from Georgetown University, his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago, and is an alumnus of the Whitney ISP. Formerly, he was an assistant professor of art history, theory and criticism at MICA in Baltimore, a preceptor in the MAPH program at the University of Chicago and has also taught at The Barnes Foundation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, and the University of Illinois.
He was previously the managing editor of the Georgetown Voice, the managing editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, the editor of the Chicago Art Journal and has contributed scholarly work to Radical History Review, NKA, The Art Bulletin, African Arts, and Third Text.