Mohau Modisakeng









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.

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

Awards and Residencies

The Standard Bank Award, Johannesburg, South Africa
Nirox Foundation Residency, Johannesburg, South Africa
Segera Retreat and the Zeitz Foundation Residency, Segera, Kenya

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

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

Merrill Lynch Scholarship, University of Cape Town, Cape Town

Solo Exhibitions

Mohau Modisakeng, solo show with new works, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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

Ditaola, BRUNDYN+, Cape Town, South Africa
Inzilo, LOOP 2014, Barcelona, Spain
Loop Barcelona, Hotel Catalonia Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain

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

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


Group Exhibitions

Dis Place, MoCADA, New York, New York
Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, Londen, UK
Unseen photofair, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
What remains is tomorrow, the South African Pavilion, Sale D’Armi Arsenale, la Biennale de Venezia
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

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, 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
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
VOLTA NY, Brundyn+Gonsalves, New York, USA

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

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

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

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 Contemporarie, Durban, South Africa
Spier Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa

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