Material, metaphor and the black body are the tools that Mohau Modisakeng uses to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history that has been ignored in today’s society, on how we understand our cultural, political, and social roles as human beings in post-colonial Africa and in particular post-apartheid South Africa.
Represented through film, large-scale photographic prints, installations and performances, his “work doesn’t start off with an attempt to portray violence but it becomes mesmerising because although we might recognise history as our past, the body is indifferent to social changes, so it remembers.”
Born in Soweto, an epicentre of black urbanity and cosmopolitan culture, the multi-award winning Mohau Modisakeng is a product of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. Mentored by Jane Alexander and predominantly working and training in sculpture, he completed his undergraduate degree in 2009 then completed his Masters degree at the same institution. He currently lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
His work has been exhibited at:
o Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair, Johannesburg (2016)
o Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, St Loius (2016)
o Standard Bank Young Artist, Grahamstown Arts Festival, South Africa (2016)
o 62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (2016)
o Endabeni, Amsterdam (2016)
o Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2015)
o The Venice Biennale (2015)
o VOLTA NY, New York (2014)
o The Museum of Fine art, Boston (2014)
o The 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, Massachusetts (2014)
o The IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2014)
o The FNB Joburg Art Fair (2013)
o The Saatchi Gallery, London (2012)
o The Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012)
o The Focus 11, Basel (2011)
o The Stevenson, Cape Town (2010)
o The public collections of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and
o The Zeitz MOCAA.
He currently has residencies at WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery (Cape Town) the Tyburn Gallery (London) and the Ron Mandos Gallery (Amsterdam).
A list of his upcoming works and exhibitions are available at www.mohaumodisakengstudio.com.