Images of artwork
Pebofatso Mokoena was born in Alberton in August 1993 – 8 months before South Africa’s first democratic elections, 11 years before the introduction of the iPod and 14 years before YouTube was introduced to the world. Mokoena completed his high school career at Bracken High School in 2011 acquiring both a distinction in Visual Art and the Design School Art Trophy. In 2014, he completed his NDip (Visual Art) at the University of Johannesburg and he is currently completing his BTech at the same institution.
Dealing with issues surrounding technology and communication and working mainly as a printmaker, Mokoena has participated in a number of competitions and exhibitions including SASOL New Signatures ’13 and ’14, ‘Diptych’ curated by Assemblage, THAT ART FAIR 2015 in Cape Town, Fresh Produce at Turbine Art Fair in 2014, Fortunes Remixed, and South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers in Washington DC.
“My work currently deals with notions of family life and the way in which technologies re-form and reshape the family landscape. Through my work I am investigating the processes of losing and finding, disconnection and reconnection. Through the use of the satellite as metaphor, I probe the relationship between the processes of losing a family member, and then the cycles which their siblings undertake to try and remember their lost family members.” -Pebofatso Mokoena