Mohau Modisakeng

The Netherlands, Amsterdam Galerie Ron Mandos

Mohau Modisakeng (SA, 1986) uses film, large-scale photos, installations and performances to explore how we understand our cultural, political and social roles as human beings in post-colonial Africa, and in particular, post-apartheid South Africa.
With his series Zion, Modisakeng draws parallels between experiences of displacement within the context of South Africa’s history of racial segregation and forced removals with the current global climate of mass migration. The work focuses on visualizing the universal anxiety caused by the resurgence of racist policy and rhetoric in parts of Europe and the United States. The artist uses material, metaphor and the black body as tools to explore the influence of South Africa's violent history that has been ignored in today’s society. 

Modisakeng received his education at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. In 2015 and 2017, he was selected to represent South Africa at the Venice Biennale. He has recently exhibited a.o. at the Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College Chicago (US, 2018) and IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town (SA, 2016). His work is included in collections such as the Zeitz MOCAA and Saatchi Gallery.Galerie Ron Mandos is proud to present work by Mohau Modisakeng from his new series Zion (2017-18).