Award-winning artist, Modisakeng, exhibits at UFS

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Mohau Modisakeng's exhibition, Lefa La Ntate will be on display at the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery at the University of the Free State. PHOTO: SIMON DEINER

Standard Bank Young Artist, Mohau Modisakeng, is a multidisciplinary artist who uses memory as a portal, linking the past and present to explore themes within the post-apartheid context.
The University of the Free State (UFS) is hosting the Visual Arts 2016 artist’s exhibition, entitled Lefa La Ntate. The exhibition is on at the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery in the Sasol Library on the Bloemfontein Campus and will run until 31 March 2017.
Lefa La Ntate represents an emotional moment of grieving and is a critical response to the historical legacy of exploitation and the current lived experience of many black South Africans.
Modisakeng, who was born in Soweto in 1986, uses his body to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history on how we understand our cultural, political and social roles as human beings. “My work responds to the history of the black body within the (South) African context, which is intertwined with the violence of the apartheid era and the early 1990s.”
The Young Artist Awards were established to acknowledge emerging young South African artists who have displayed outstanding talent in their artistic endeavours.
The exhibition premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2016 and has travelled to Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, and Cape Town.