“To be called up again to represent South Africa is an honour”, says multidisciplinary artist Mohau Modisakeng, who, alongside Candice Breitz is showing in the South African Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, which starts next week.
Two years ago, Mohau participated in What remains tomorrow, curated by Jeremy Rose and Christopher Tull for the South African Pavilion. Mohau works with sculpture, installation, large-scale photographic prints and performance. In 2015 he won the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year award for his work which explores black male identity and our understanding of social roles in contemporary South Africa.
We (literally) took a minute from his day to find out what art enthusiasts can expect from his exhibit at the South African Pavillion. Mohau’s chosen to work with the idea of flooding and draining, which is fitting for a city submerged in water.
Cover image: Untitled, 2014. Courtesy of Mohau Modisakeng, Tyburn Gallery, WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery