Kwabla and Yaovi Ahotor; from The i-jusi Portfolio Number 3: South African Photographs

Mikhael Subotzky, South African, born 1981


negative 2007; print 2013

Gelatin silver print on Baryta Fibre 300g archival paper


Image: 8 5/16 × 10 3/8 in. (21.1 × 26.3 cm)

Sheet: 16 9/16 × 13 3/8 in. (42 × 34 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Marina and Andrew E. Lewin, Class of 1981



Place Made: South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa


21st century

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Not on view


Signed and dated, on reverse, lower left, in graphite: M. Subotzky 2013; numbered, lower left, on reverse, in graphite: 6/50; Embossed, lower right: [i-jusi symbol]


In this print, Mikhael Subotzky features two men on a beach in front of dark storm clouds. Both men have glassy eyes characteristic of people who are blind, and one carries the red and white cane that indicates visual impairment. Subotzky frames the picture with both men staring into the camera, despite their being unable to see it. Both men in the image are named, implying that the photographer knew his subjects or at least spoke to them briefly to get their consent for photography. To what degree do Kwabla and Yaovi Ahotor control the narrative in this photograph? How does their disability affect the way you view this photograph?

From the 2021 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 103, Images of Disability, curated by Maeve McBride '20, Conroy Intern

Course History

Theater 10.34, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 66.25, Disability Arts & Activism, Julia Havard, Spring 2023

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue, Images of Disability, Maeve McBride, Dartmouth Class of 2020, Conroy Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 9–December 19, 2021.


Marina and Andrew E. Lewin, New York, New York; lent to present collection, 2013; given to present collection, 2018.

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