Mohau Modisakeng

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Standard Bank Young Artist Award - 2016

Ditaola - 2014

Ga bose gangwe - 2013

Inzilo - 2013

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 was awarded the SASOL New Signatures Award for 2011 and has exhibited at Armory Show, New York (2016); Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012); Focus 11 and Basel (2011). In 2013 Modisakeng 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 SAATCHI Gallery, London as well as significant private collections such as Zeitz MOCAA. He currently lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

EDUCATION

2015 Master of Art in Fine Art, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town
2009 Bachelor of Art in Fine Art, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2016 The Standart Bank Young Artist Award, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015 Nirox Foundation Residency, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015 Segera Retreat and the Zeitz Foundation Residency, Segera, Kenya

2011 Winner, SASOL New Signatures Art Competition, Pretoria
2011 IAAB - International Artists Exchange Program, Basel

2010 Finalist, MTN New Contemporaries Awards, Durban
2010 Spier Residency Award, Gyeonggi Creation Center, South Korea

2009 Merrill Lynch Scholarship, University of Cape Town, Cape Town



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Land of Zanj, Leaving the Echo Chamber, Sharjah Biennial 14, UAE 
Passage, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Oregon, USA

Passage, Tai Kwun Centre for Arts, Hong Kong

Passage, The Rooms, Provincial Art Gallery NewFoundLand, Canada
Gabose gangwe, Video Brasil, Sao Paolo, Brazil

2018
Zion, The Armory Show, Galerie Ron Mandos, New York City, USA
KIN, Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, Spain

Passage, Art Capital, Szentendre, Hungary
Passage, Spencer Museum, Kansas, USA

2017

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

Zeitz Mocaa - Inaugural exhibition, Cape Town, South Africa

Zion, PERFORMA17, New York, USA

Passage, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, South Africa

Passage, LOOP Video Art Fair, Galerie Ron Mandos, Barcelona, Spain

Solo presentation, Amsterdam Art Fair, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Passage, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Solo presentation, Art Brussels, Galerie Ron Mandos, Brussels, Belgium

Lefa la Ntate, Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, University of the Free State, South Africa

Lefa la Ntate, Tatham Art Gallery Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Lefa la Ntate, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


2016

Lefa la Ntate, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

Lefa la Ntate, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Lefa la Ntate, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, USA
BOPHIRIMA, solo exhibition, Tyburn Gallery, London, United Kingdom

ENDABENI, solo exhibition, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2015

Mohau Modisakeng, Chavonnes Battery Museum (in partnership with Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town, South Africa
KE KGOMO YA MOSHATE, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Mohau Modisakeng, Big Pond Artworks, Munich, Germany 


2014

Ditaola, BRUNDYN+, Cape Town, South Africa
VOLTA NY, BRUNDYN+, New York, USA

Inzilo, LOOP 2014, Barcelona, Spain
Loop Barcelona, Hotel Catalonia Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain

Mohau Modisakeng, Chavonnes Battery Museum, Cape Town, South Africa (in partnership with Zeitz MOCAA)

 

2013
Inzilo, Video Art Powered by Samsung Special Project, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

2012
Sera, Master of Fine Art Exhibition, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa

Untitled: Sasol New Signatures award for 2011, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa


2010

Ibutho, Side Gallery, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2009

Ugufa Unezindaba, Graduate Exhibition, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2019

O Rio dos Navegantes, Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR,  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Embodiment (African Art as Philosophy), BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium

Death Worlds, Click Festival, Denmark

What Remains, Apartheid Museum South Africa, South Africa

21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil | Imagined Communities, Sesc 24 de Maio, São Paulo, Brazil

From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), Canada

 

2018
Waterworld, curated by Holly + Zachary Cahill, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, USA 
In Their Own Form; Contemporary Photography and Afro Futurism, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA

In Pursuit of Eden, Ferenczy Museum Center, Hungary

           

Ex Africa, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

More Aphrike, M Bassy, Hamburg, Germany

Hohenrausch (Thrill of Heights) - The Other Shore, Ok Centre for Contemporary Art, Lintz, Austria

Continental Drift from Blak to Blac, Cairns Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia

2017

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

The Film Will Always Be You, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Australia

Le jour qui vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Galerie des Galeries, Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France

 

2016

Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

Re(as)sisting Narratieves, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

62nd International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany

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

Once in a Lifetime, film program, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
After The Thrill Is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South-African Art, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigin, USA

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

2015

What remains is tomorrow, the South African Pavilion, the 57th Venice Biennale, Sale d’Armi, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

Joburg Art Fair, Whatiftheworld, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

NIROX Winter Sculpture Fair, Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa
Dis Place, 
MoCADA, New York, USA
Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, Londen, UK
Unseen photofair, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

NIROXSCULPTURE: Winter 2015, Nirox foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa
AFIRIperFOMA, Lagos, Nigeria
I am not a man and a brother? I am not a woman and a sister, Archer Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2014 
Anyway the Wind Blows, Brundyn+, Cape Town, South Africa
Here Today, The Old Sorting Office, London, UK
Performing Portraiture, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, USA
Fearless Renewal, MC Theater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ukukhumula, GIPCA Live Art Festival, City Hall, Cape Town, South Africa
Barongwa: Blindspot, Grahamstown Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa
Personal/Political, 21C Museum, Louisville, USA
Art Against the Wall: An Artist Response to Civil Wars, curated by Radcliffe Bailey, Gallery 72, Atlanta, USA

Loop Art Fair, Silencio Club, Paris, France
Brave New World…20 Years of Democracy, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
!Kauru 2014: Rerouting Dialogue 1994-2014, UNISA Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
VOLTA NY, Brundyn+Gonsalves, New York, USA

 

2013
Ceci n’est pas une Summer Show, BRUNDYN+, Cape Town, South Africa
Biennale Internationa d’Art Contemporain (BIAC), Fort de France, Martinique
Am I not a Man and a Brother? Am I not a Woman and a Sister, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, USA
Inzilo, Video Art Powered by Samsung special project, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
FNB Joburg Art Fair, BRUNDYN +, Johannesburg, South Africa
VOLTA NY, BRUNDYN + GONSALVES, New York, USA

Personal and Political, 21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

 

2012
Sera, Master of Fine Art exhibition, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa
NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond, MoCADA, New York, USA
Material Representation, BRUNDYN + GONSALVES, Cape Town, South Africa
FNB Joburg Art Fair, BRUNDYN + GONSALVES, Johannesburg, South Africa
Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal
Uneveness Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Exuberance Project Exhibition, Mandela Rhodes Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2011
Implemented Environments, Brundyn + Gonsalves, Cape Town, South Africa
Business Day, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
Focus 11, Basel, Switzerland


2010

A RE FANON, with Lerato Bereng, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
This is our time, Brodie/Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
Greatest Hits, AVA, Cape Town, South Africa
MTN New Co3ntemporarie, Durban, South Africa
Spier Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2009
Ugufa Unezindaba, Graduate exhibition, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa