Mohau Modisakeng

Mohau Modisakeng

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Born in 1986

Lives & works in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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Private Collections : Piet Viljoen Collection; Wendy Fisher Emile Stipp Collection;

Public Collections : IZIKO South African National Gallery; Saatchi Gallery; 21C Museum Hotel University of South Africa (UNISA);

Collected by museums and foundations : Zeitz - Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA)New Church Museum; Manuel de Santaren Salsali Private Museum;


Presentation of the artist

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.”

Mohau Modisakeng was born in Soweto in 1986 and lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town in 2009 and worked towards his Master’s degree at the same institution. His work engages race, the militarisation of society and the deep divides of post-apartheid South Africa and the post-colonial continent. He interrogates the collective narratives that inform our experience of the world, in particular those that evoke the black body as a site of fragmentation and distortion.

Modisakeng was awarded the Sasol New Signatures Award for 2011. He has exhibited at VOLTA NY, New York (2014); the Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012); Focus 11, Basel (2011); and Stevenson, Cape Town (2010). In 2013 he produced an ambitious new video work in association with Samsung as a special project for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair. His work is included in public collections such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town and the Saatchi Gallery, London as well as in significant private collections such as Zeitz MOCAA.

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Nationality : South Africa

Photography Video Contemporary Art

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1986

Born in South Africa

Solo exhibitions & presentations

2019

The Last Harvest, 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paolo

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2019

Land of Zanj, Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber, Sharjah UAE

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2019

Bagamoyo, Mohau Modisakeng at Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

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2019

No Serenity HERe, Click Festival, Copenhagen

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2019

Passage at Schneider Museum of Art, Oregon USA.

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2018

In their own form, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY, Chicago

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2018

EX AFRICA, Mohau Modisakeng at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

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Residencies

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2017

EX AFRICA, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, São Paulo Rio de Janeiro

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2017

Le Jour Qui Vient, Galerie des Galeries, Paris

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2017

Another Antipodes Exhibition: Urban Axis, PS Art Space, Fremantle WA, Australia

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2017

The 57th Venice Biennale - The South African Pavilion, Sale d’Armi, Arsenale, Venice

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2016

Fünf Seen Film Festival, Starnberg, Germany

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2016

Re(as)sisting Narratives, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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2016

Prefer Life, Reydan Weiss Collection, The Weserburg, Bremen, Germany

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2016

62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany

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2016

When Tomorrow Comes, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg / Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town

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2016

Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

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