Mohau Modisakeng

Untitled-Metamorphosis-1-2015-Ink-jet-print-on-Epson-Hot-Press-Natural-120x120cm-EDof-5-2-APS-e1485937623519 Untitled – Metamorphosis 2015


Mohau Modisakeng was born and raised in Soweto, Johannesburg in 1986. Through his work, Modisakeng delves into the influence of South Africa’s history on how South Africans view and understand their culture, political and social roles as human being in post-colonial Africa as well as post-apartheid South Africa.

To achieve this, he uses material, metaphor and the black body as tools. His work is represented through film, large-scale photographic prints, installations and performances.

Endabeni-1-2015Endabeni 2015


Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art where he completed his Undergraduate and Masters degree.

Mentored by Jane Alexander

Predominantly worked and trained in sculpture

He currently lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

ditaola10Ditaola X, 2014



Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art



As part of a two-person exhibition, Modisakeng will represent South Africa at the 57th Venice Biennale

Lefa la Ntate, Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, University of the Free State

Lefa la Ntate, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg

Lefa la Ntate, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg


Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair, Johannesburg

Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, St Loius

Standard Bank Young Artist, Grahamstown Arts Festival, South Africa

62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany

Endabeni, Amsterdam



Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria

The Venice Biennale


VOLTA NY, New York

The Museum of Fine art, Boston

The 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, Massachusetts

The IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town


The FNB Joburg Art Fair


The Saatchi Gallery, London

The Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar


The Focus 11, Basel


The Stevenson, Cape Town

The public collections of the Johannesburg Art Gallery

The Zeitz MOCAA.


For more visit:


Biography From:

What if the World

The South African Pavilion


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