Angus MacKinnon (1991) is a South African Fine Art, Street and Portrait photographer; currently based in Johannesburg - the city where he grew up. In 2013 he graduated from UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art with a BAFA. The last two years have by and large been spent travelling and producing work – particularly in West Africa and Europe. He has exhibited widely within South Africa, including a number of art fairs; as well as abroad in places such as Bamako, Mali and Amsterdam, Holland. Selected group exhibitions include; Terminal (Public Space, Cape Town, 2013),Greatest Hits (AVA Gallery, Cape Town, 2014), Hopes and Impediments (Prince Claus Fond, Amsterdam, 2014), Fresh Produce (Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, 2014 & 2015), Young Collectors (Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, 2015). In 2014 he participated in the Nigerian based Invisible Borders photography residency and in 2015 he was selected as one of nine “Young Talented Artists” for the Fresh Produce Exhibition and mentorship programme at the Turbine Art Fair. He is currently participating in The Market Photo Workshop’s Photography Incubator Programme 2016.
Angus developed in the bubble of South Africa and it wasn’t until travelling to other areas of the continent that he really began to engage with the weight of the past, the diverse realities of today and the schizophrenic future of Africa. His travels have informed his practice significantly and the direction of work is formulated from his personal experiences – particularly as a white European male living in Africa. He is interested in the complexity of people, places and pastimes that intertwine presently and what impact these have as the continent looks forward. Key themes to his practice are the environment, labour, mobility and the human condition.
He has worked in over 20 different countries, has exhibited both locally and internationally and his work is included in a number of private and corporate collections. He has self-published two books titled Self-Storage (2012) and The Skurrel (2016)