All posts tagged: Mohau Modisakeng

The Post-Apartheid State of South Africa

Mohau Modisakeng, one of the most promising young South African artists today, was born in Soweto, Johannesburg in 1986 and lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town. He studied at Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. In 2016 he was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art, the most prestigious award in Africa. His new work’s title, Bophirima, is from the artist’s mother tongue Setswana, meaning ‘West’ or ‘where the sun sets’, but can also be interpreted as ‘twilight’ or ‘before dusk’. The series reflects on his own personal experiences of growing up in Apartheid and Post-Apartheid South Africa, with central themes which revolve around violence, labour, security and ritual. Originally trained in sculpture, Modisakeng uses the technique of the self-portrait – through large-scale photographs, performance and video installations – to mediate on his own identity and the political processes within his country. The artist uses his body to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history, allowing his body to represent a marker of collective history. Modisakeng says: “The real work for me is in relating …

2016-05-27T17:40:16+00:00

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