Diatola XV (SOLD)

Mohau Modisakeng


Archival Ink Print on Dibonded Paper, 2014


198cm X 149cm

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Material, metaphor and the black body are the tools that Mohau Modisakeng uses to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history and 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 mesmerizing, because although we might recognise history as our past, the body is indifferent to social changes, so it remembers.


Born in Soweto, an epicenter 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, 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.


Source:  http://www.mohaumodisakeng.com




2016 Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair, Johannesburg

2016 Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, St Loius

2016 Standard Bank Young Artist, Grahamstown Arts Festival, South Africa

2016    62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany

2016  Endabeni, Amsterdam

2015    Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria

2015   The Venice Biennale

2014 VOLTA NY, New York

2014 The Museum of Fine art, Boston

2014 The 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, Massachusetts

2014 The IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town

2013 The FNB Joburg Art Fair

2012 The Saatchi Gallery, London

2012 The Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar

2011 The Focus 11, Basel

2010 The Stevenson, Cape Town

The public collections of the Johannesburg Art Gallery & The Zeitz MOCAA.