In Modisakeng’s work the personal is political. Informed by his experience as a young boy in Soweto at the cross roads of a violent political transition, Modisakeng uses memory as a portal between past and present to explorethemes of history, body and place within the post –apartheid context. His photography, films, performance and installation grapple with the conflicting politics of leadership and nationhood, whilst also attempting to unpack the legacy of inequality, capital and labour in relation to the black experience .
Mohau Modisakeng (b.1986) was born and grew up in Soweto, Johannesburg. He currently lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa .Modisakeng completed his undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town in 2009 .
His work has been exhibited at the 55th and 57th Venice Biennale (2015-2017), MOCADA, Brooklyn New York (2015), Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2015), the Museum of Fine Art, Boston (2014); 21C Museum, Kentucky, Massachusetts (2014); IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2014); Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); and the Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012). His work has been placed in numerous private collections both locally and internationally. Public Collections include the Johannesburg Art Gallery, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Saatchi Gallery ,21C Zeitz MOCAA