Mohau Modisakeng was born in Soweto in 1986 and lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town. His work engages race, the militarization of society and the deep divides of post-apartheid South Africa and the post-colonial continent. He interrogates the collective narratives that inform our experience of the world, in particular those that evoke the black body as a site of fragmentation and distortion.


In Summer 2020, Modisakeng’s sculpture honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela will be erected in the Nelson Mandela Park in Amsterdam. His work has been exhibited at the 14th Sharjah Biennial (2019)Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2018), the 55th and 57th Venice Biennale (2015 and 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 is in private and public collections including the Johannesburg Art Gallery, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, 21C Museum, and Zeitz MOCAA. Modisakeng holds a B.A. and M.F.A. from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town.