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The Present Future: A Private Collection of African & International Contemporary Art (Live Auction)

Lot 32
Lot 32 - Mohau  Modisakeng  (South Africa 1986-)


Mohau Modisakeng (South Africa 1986-)
Ditaola XIII

ink-jet print on Epson UltraSmooth, diasec

Artwork date: 2014
Edition: from an edition of 5 + 2 AP's
Exhibited: Brundyn +, Cape Town, 'Ditaola', 29 May to 12 July 2014.

Estimated at R200,000 - R300,000

Condition Report

The overall condition of the work is excellent.

Not examined out of frame.

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ink-jet print on Epson UltraSmooth, diasec

Artwork date: 2014
Edition: from an edition of 5 + 2 AP's
Exhibited: Brundyn +, Cape Town, 'Ditaola', 29 May to 12 July 2014.


200 x 150 x 3.5 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.

Brundyn+, Cape Town.


Mohau Modisakeng was born in Soweto in 1986 and lives and works in Cape Town. He completed his undergraduate and Masters degrees at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town graduating in 2014. In 2016, Modisakeng was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art, and in 2011 he was awarded the SASOL New Signatures Award. This work, from 2012, is an unusual example in its materiality. This hieroglyphic grid of symbolic weaponry, comprising an Okapi knife, a spear and knobkerrie, an axe and an AK47, seems to suggest a set of figures cancelling out each weapon in modified prohibitions. The darker side of the equation is that these are all characteristically South African weapons of anti-apartheid struggle, violent crime or gangsterism. The overdetermination of each object’s symbolic meaning in South African life provides the work with its gravitas and poignancy.

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