Drawing on cultural sources including literature, history, art and the Bible, Whitton is known for conceptually engaging work that is essentially concerned with the ways in which we recognize, recall and navigate the world around us. He graduated from the Natal Technikon School of Art in 1994 and subsequently furthered his studies at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. He is the recipient of a number of awards including a Volkskas Atelier Merit Award (1994), the Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship Award (1994) and a PUMA Grant (2009).

In 2009 he was selected to represent South Africa at the 8th African Photography Biennale. This touring exhibition, entitled Borders, featuring photography and video from more than 50 artists from the African continent premiered at the National Museum of Mali in Bamako. Antawan Byrd, Curatorial Assistant at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos in his review of this pan-African exhibition highlighted…

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