Andrew Tshabangu, South African, b. 1966
Andrew Tshabangu is a South-African photographer, born in Soweto in 1966. His photography has been exhibited internationally in various exhibitions. Tshabangu is renowned for his surreal smoky lighting, documents the rituals of black communities in urban Africa.
Tshabangu claimed to be fascinated by the fact of photographing interiors of living spaces without the physical presence of the inhabitants.
“I believe these spaces speak volumes about the people that inhabit them. The arrangement of personal possessions in a room is reflective of the personality of its resident. Each room has a historical context, chronicling the lives of the people that interact daily in those spaces.” (August 19, 2011, Sowetan Live)
In 2015, he participated in the exhibition The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists (in Scad Museum, USA & Moderne Kunst Frankfurt/Main (MMK) in Frankfurt, Germany.) As a matter of fact, he asserted that his work was already a reflection on Dante’s ideas about hell, heaven and purgatory, and religion overall.
Indeed, for fifteen years, photographers Andrew Tshabangu and René Paul Savignan led the project “Bridges” during common stays in Reunion and South Africa, dealing with religious practices of different communities. If Andrew Tshabangu experienced apartheid-related disorders, Rene Paul Savignan has, meanwhile, been marked by the plurality of rites in Reunion, his native land.