Gallery Viewer: Mohau Modisakeng, Ishmael Armarh & Kwadwo Amfo

Gallery Viewer recently published an article on the exhibitions of Mohau Modisakeng, Kwadwo Amfo and Ishmael Armarh at the gallery. The article focuses on the exhibitions and the rising popularity of contemporary African art. It explains the concept of Modisakeng’s photographs, telling about the dispute with the mining company. It also zooms in on the work of Armarh and the director of the Noldor Residency, Joseph Awuah-Darko. The exhibition runs from October 1 to November 13. Read the entire article on the exhibitions via the link below.

“Work by African artists is receiving increasing international attention. Gallery Ron Mandos currently presents three presentations by three contemporary African artists, Mohau Modisakeng, Ishmael Armarh and Kwadwo Amfo. They tell stories about traditions, the legacy of colonialism and the impact of globalization.”

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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.


ABOUT Ishmael Armarh

Ishmael Armarh (born 1986 in Accra, Ghana) is an emerging contemporary artist based in Accra. Even though his art comes naturally, he developed his artistic skills gradually from his primary education, through middle school up to the advanced level at the Ghanatta College of Art and Design. Graphic Design and painting were his areas of interest. The rich cultural heritage of his people can be described as a clear manifestation of his art. His work portrays his innermost feelings and activities within his surroundings. Armarh always loves to work with bright colors and clear brush strokes. He is the 2022 Visiting Fellow at the Noldor Residency.