Parking Gallery a performance by: Mohau Modisakeng.
On Wed 25th July, the Parking Gallery will feature a performance by: Mohau Modisakeng. Entitled, 1st Rehearsal [Dikubu], this piece forms part of a series of 3 open rehearsals planned as preparation for a 3-day intervention to be staged in the Johannesburg inner city over the next few months.
Modisakeng’s intention with these rehearsals is to engage the audience in the process of both conceptualizing and executing the upcoming public interventions. At the same time as being informal trial performances, these preparatory rehearsals also function as independent works.
Dikubu is made up of 12 men, each holding a Sjambok, waiting for a command to strike. The performance involves synchronized movements between the individual men, creating a rich sonic environment in combination with rough choreography and music.
| Dikubu is a Setswana word for the South African made cattle prod, commonly referred to as a Sjambok. Traditionally it was carved out from thick hippopotamus hide but Hippo hide has since become scarce and not commercially viable, so a synthetic version is now mass-produced from plastic. It is both a symbols of oppression and authority especially within the socio-political framework of South Africa’s history.|
Mohau Modisakeng was born in 1986 and grew up in Soweto, Johannesburg. In 2004, Modisakeng was invited onto a program that allowed him to travel to the United Kingdom where his interests and concerns around art making where developed. Modisakeng began a degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT, in Cape Town in 2006. He graduated in 2009 and went on to pursue his ambitions as a sculptor. The following year, Modisakeng had his first gallery show with the Side Gallery at Stevenson Cape Town. During the same year, Modisakeng started working towards his Masters degree, which he has recently concluded.
In the last two years, Modisakeng has participated in a number of exhibitions and art projects locally and abroad, most notably the ‘Uneveness Exhibition’ at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare; “Dak’Art Biennale” in Senegal; and ‘Out of Focus: Photography’ at the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (all 2012). He was a finalist in the the 2010 MTN New Contemporaries competition in Durban and the winner of the Sasol New Signatures in 2011, in Pretoria.
Modisakeng works between Johannesburg, and Cape Town.