ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Galerie Ron Mandos is proud to present Madimatle, the fourth solo exhibition by the South African multidisciplinary artist Mohau Modisakeng (SA, 1986). In the exhibition, Mohau Modisakeng presents a new series of works that makes reference to Madimatle, a sacred mountain in a historic area in South Africa. The exhibition is running from October 1 through November 13, 2022.
Madimatle has for centuries been the site of pilgrimages and traditional spiritual rituals. In the last 5 years, the mountain has become a site of an ongoing legal battle between the community that uses the mountain and its network of caves for sacred spiritual reasons and the foreign mining company that has been granted rights to mine the apex of this sacred mountain.
This legal battle has brought up other discussion around questions of land and identity in post-colonial South Africa where the land question dominates all political discourse. In the past three decades of democracy, South Africans have been grappling with the legacy of war, land dispossession, and the wholescale uprooting and displacement of black communities during colonial settlement.
In addition to the question of the balance between private ownership and the rights of indigenous communities to land, the story of Madimatle has also highlighted the complicated relationship between the body, spirituality, and the politics of access, control, and erasure in the postcolonial era, where capital trumps heritage.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1986 in Soweto, South Africa
Lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Material, metaphor and the black body are the tools that Mohau Modisakeng uses to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history that has been ignored in today’s society, on how we understand our cultural, political, and social roles as human beings in post-colonial Africa and in particular post-apartheid South Africa. Represented through film, large-scale photographic prints, installations and performances, his “work doesn’t start off with an attempt to portray violence but it becomes mesmerising because although we might recognise history as our past, the body is indifferent to social changes, so it remembers.”
Born in Soweto, an epicentre of black urbanity and cosmopolitan culture, the multi-award winning Mohau Modisakeng is a product of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. Mentored by Jane Alexander and predominantly working and training in sculpture, he completed his undergraduate degree in 2009 then completed his Masters degree at the same institution. He was awarded the SASOL New Signatures Award for 2011 and has exhibited at Armory Show, New York (2016); Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012); Focus 11 and Basel (2011). In 2013 Modisakeng produced an ambitious new video work in association with Samsung as a special project for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair. His work is included in public collections such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town and SAATCHI Gallery, London as well as significant private collections such as Zeitz MOCAA.