Mohau Modisakeng’s intense, meditative self-portraiture uses the language of dreams and visions to communicate a sense of suppressed trauma, evoking the scars that persist from violence enacted under Apartheid. A sculptor by training, he uses performance, video and photography to create his haunting narratives.
Modisakeng was the 2016 winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for visual arts. As part of being chosen for this award, he presented the solo exhibition Lefa la Ntate, at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, which will also be travelling to various other locations across South Africa. Modisakeng’s work has been exhibited at Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria; MoCADA, New York; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Saatchi Gallery, London, among others. His work was included in the South African pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), and is featured in the collection of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA).