Mohau Modisakeng’s meditative self-portraiture uses the language of dreams and visions to communicate a sense of suppressed trauma, evoking the scars which persist from violence enacted under Apartheid. A sculptor by training, he uses performance, video and photography to thread together his haunting narratives.
He was the 2016 recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts. As part of being chosen for this award, his solo exhibition Lefa la Ntate toured institutions across South Africa. Modisakeng’s work has been exhibited at Kunstraum Innsbruck; the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), New York; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town and Saatchi Gallery, London. His work forms part of the two-person exhibition in the South African Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2017). His work is included in the collections of Zeitz MoCAA, Cape Town and the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), among others.