Andrew Tshabangu was born in 1966, Johannesburg, South Africa, where he currently lives and works. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Tshabangu studied photography at the Alexandra Community Art Centre in 1990 and thereafter pursued freelancing work for New Nation. In 1998 he studied photojournalism at the Institute of Advancement for Journalism. He has taught photography at the Children’s Photography Workshop in 1995 and at the Market Photo Workshop in 1998-1999. Tshabangu has facilitated photographic workshops in Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Mozambique, Réunion Islands and Guyana as well as taken up residencies in Réunion Islands, London, New York and Nairobi.

Through his photography 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 are poetically enchanting in the manner they capture the ordinary and 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.

2017
Survey Exhibition, Standard Bank Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2016

Group Show, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
Art Santa Fé Art Fair, New Mexico, USA
The incantation of the disquieting muse, SAVVY, Berlin, Germany
Foundations and Futures: Celebrating 25 years, Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa
San Diego art fair, California, USA
Art Basel, Miami art fair, Miami, USA
Habashwe, Sosame Gallery, Johannesburg
Revival, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town

2015
Towards Intersections, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Towards Intersections, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
100 years of Johannesburg Art Gallery, JAG, Johannesburg, South Africa
Art Santa Fé Art Fair, New Mexico, USA
On Fire: Notions of Community in post-Apartheid, Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany

2014
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, SCAD Museum of Arts, Washington, USA
Addis Fotofest, Addis Ababa, Ethopia
Gwanza month of Photography, Harare, Zimbabwe
Divine Comedy: SCAD Museum of Arts, Savannah, Georgia, USA
Divine Comedy: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

2013
My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Bombay Sapphire Imagination Room: Photography and Video, Soweto, South Africa
Bridges, La Maison des Metalis, Paris, France
Bridges, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
Bridges, Museé Léon Dierx, Reunion Island
Always moving forward, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada
Laatikkomo-Six degrees of photography, Finland

2012
Kibira Nimoja, Goethe institute, Nairobi, Kenya
A useful Dream: African Photography 1960-2010, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bozar Brussels, Belgium
Bridges, Durban Art Gallery, South Africa
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Darkroom photography and new media in South Africa, Birmingham Museum of Arts, Alabama, USA
Bridges, Espace culturel et artistique de saint Beniot, Réunion Island [Text Wrapping Break]Kibira Nimoja, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Place of honour for Africa, Paris Photo, France

2010
Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
Darkroom photography and new media in South Africa, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Visual Arts, USA

2009
City in Transition, Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
City in Transition, Galerie Seippel, Köln/Cologne, Germany
City in Transition, Kunst: Raum Sylt-Quelle, Rantum/Sylt, Germany Emmerich

2008
City in Transition, Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth, Germany (catalogue)
National Museum Nairobi, Kenya, [Text Wrapping Break]Amnesia: Platform III Espace 1789, Paris, France

2007
VII Recontres Africaines de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali
The Hereford Photography Festival, Hereford, United Kingdom
City in Transition, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Contemporary Photographic Art from South Africa, traveling exhibition in Germany, Museum Bochum, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen [Text Wrapping Break]

2006
18. Internationale Photoszene, Black & White South Africa with Jürgen Schadeberg, Galerie Seippel, Cologne, Germany,
Black, Brown, White – Fotofgrafie aus Südafrika, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
VII. Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar, Senegal

2005
International Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic
Second Sight, South African section curated by Dr. Ralf Seippel (catalogue)
Mooimarkshow Wien – Johannesburg, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
Glaubens-Bilder, Galerie Seippel, Köln/Cologne, Germany
New Identities, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
Kulturverein Zehntscheuer, Rottenburg/Neckar, Germany
South Africa: Past and Present, Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2004
Public Transport (with David Koloane, Frank Rother and Hubert Dechant), Kunst: Raum Sylt-Quelle, Rantum/Sylt, Germany
New Identities, Museum Bochum, Germany,
International Festival of Photography, African Institute, Rome, Italy,
Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
In a City (with Sam Nhlengethwa), Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa
Daimler Chrysler Photography, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

2003
On Sacred Ground, Galerie Seippel, Köln/Cologne, Germany
Bond Kunsthalle, Africalia, Brugge, Belgium, curated by Michel Dewilde in co-operation with Galerie Seippel, Cologne, Germany
De Lege Ruiimte Gallery, Gent, Belgium

2002
Tracing the Rainbow, Kunst:Raum Sylt-Quelle, Rantum/Sylt, Germany
Tracing the Rainbow, Kulturverein Zehntscheuer, Rottenburg /Neckar, Germany,

2001
Connecting Africa, Guyana National Museum of African Art, George Town, Guyana
Spuren des Regenbogens-Kunst und Leben im südlichen Afrika, Schloßmuseum Linz, Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Linz , Austria,
Portrait of the spirit, Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, South Africa

2000
Every child is my child, African Art Window Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
A world of Christians: Christian Art from South Africa, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg Denmark
Translation/Seduction/Displacement – “White diaspora”, White Box Gallery, New York, USA,
Porträt Afrika, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

1999
Global Art – South African Contemporary, Galerie Seippel, Köln/Cologne, Germany
An evening of photography, Dorsey Gallery, New York, USA
Art Dialogue, Castle of Good Hope, B Block, Cape Town South Africa, South Africa –Germany, curated by David Koloane and Dr. Ralf Seippel
Africa by Africa, Barbican Center, London, United Kingdom

1998
Anthologie de la photographie Africaine, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
Peace in everyday life: Speak out on Poverty, travelling exhibition in South Africa, France, Brazil

1997
Photosynthesis, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg South Africa
Exchange and Energy, City 2, Brussels, Belgium
Galerie La Bas, Marseille, France
In my Father’s house, Cross Cultural Festival La Reunion, France

1996
II. Rencontres de la photographie africaine, Bamako, Mali
20th Anniversary of Soweto students uprising Hector Peterson, Hector Peterson Memorial Square, Soweto, South Africa

1995
Moments without Proper Name, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

National Collections
Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Johannesburg, South Africa[Text Wrapping Break]SASOL, Johannsburg, South Africa[Text Wrapping Break]Wits Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa[Text Wrapping Break]Standard Bank Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa[Text Wrapping Break]Sandton Business District, Johannesburg, South Africa[Text Wrapping Break]Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa[Text Wrapping Break]UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa[Text Wrapping Break]IZIKO Museums, Cape Town, South Africa[Text Wrapping Break]Matjoli Resources, Johannesburg, South Africa

International Collections
Dokolo Foundation, Angola[Text Wrapping Break]Sao Capital, London, United Kingdom[Text Wrapping Break]Revue Noire, Paris, France[Text Wrapping Break]Bamako Art Centre, Bamako, Mali[Text Wrapping Break]DaimlerChrysler Art Collection, Berlin, Germany

Private Art Collection
William Kentridge, South Africa[Text Wrapping Break]Mary Wen Holz,[Text Wrapping Break]Beate Baethke, Germany[Text Wrapping Break]Simon Njami, France[Text Wrapping Break]Lenny Gittens, New York City