Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents two special solo exhibitions: Mohau Modisakeng – Bagamoyo and Remy Jungerman – Neap Tide. The work of both artists is informed by the African diaspora, migration and hidden histories; while they work from divergent perspectives, practices and geographies.

Mohau Modisakeng | Bagamoyo

In his practice, Mohau Modisakeng confronts collective trauma; geographical displacement; and the socio-political, cultural, economic, and psychological implications of Africa’s violent colonial history. Bagamoyo draws on the history of slavery between East Africa and the Gulf area. The term ‘Bagamoyo’ refers to a town in East Africa that once served as a busy slave port in the East-African/Arab slave trade. The loose translation in Kiswahili means “Lay Down Your Heart”. Modisakeng’s exploration into this history is a biographical response to his own; an attempt to further understand the intricacies of South Africa’s post-Apartheid, post-colonial present.


Additionally, Modisakeng’s movie ZANJ will be included in his upcoming solo-exhibition. ZANJ is a continuation from the performance Land of Zanj, recently commissioned by the Sharjah Biennial. Here, Modisakeng created a choreographed procession as a symbol for the movement of bodies and trade between the Gulf area and the east African coast. This strategy is mimicked in the artist’s latest photographic series, which shows figures cloaked in black moving across a rocky terrain. Who are and were these veiled subjects? Could they have been Africans captured to be pearl-divers, led between home and circumstance? Or could they be deporting migrants, a contemporary relic of the aforementioned history? Modisakeng urges the audience to engage with these figures as poignant markers of this legacy of movement, using invocations of violence as a tool to evoke empathy in the viewer.

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ABOUT Mohau Modisakeng

Born in 1986 in Soweto, South Africa
Lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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.