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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.
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.