MELEKO MOKGOSI

  • Pax Kaffraria
  • Modern Art
  • Pax Afrikaner
  • Adornment
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Sikhuselo Sembumbulu, 2012

Oil and Charcoal on Canvas, 96" x 632"

Installation View, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

 

Terra Nullius, 2012

Oil and Charcoal on Canvas, 84" x 444"

Installation view, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

 

Terra Pericolosa, 2013

Oil and Charcoal on Canvas, 84"x96", 108"x132", 168"x84", 108"x132", 84"x96"

Installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

 

Ruse of Disavowal, 2013

Oil and Charcoal on Canvas, 108"x132", 96"x132", 96"x180", 108"x180", 108"x132", 96"x132", 108"x132"

Installation view, Lyon Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France

 

 

 

Modern Art: The Root of African Savages, 2013
Inkjet and charcoal on linen, 10 panels, 36" x 24" each

 

 

 

Full Belly, 2011

Oil and Charcoal on Canvas, 72”x90”, 72”x108”, 84”x120”, 96”x84”

 

Satisfaction of Sensation, 2011
Oil and Charcoal on Canvas, 96”x96”, 72”x90”, 108”x72”, 96”x144”

 

Good Boy, 2011
Oil and Charcoal on Canvas, 96”x144”, 96”x144"

 

 

Adornment, 2010

Inkjet and charcoal on canvas, 8 panels, 34”x40” each

Installation view, Vox Populi, Philadelphia

 

 

Bio

Meleko Mokgosi (b. Francistown, Botswana) is an artist who works within an interdisciplinary framework to create large-scale project-based installations. By working with figurative (history) painting, cinematic tropes, psychoanalysis, and post-colonial theory, his practice interrogates the specificity of regionalism in order to address questions of nationhood, colonial and anti- colonial sentiments, and the perception of historicized events.  Being educated mostly in Botswana, Mokgosi came to the United States in 2003 to pursue tertiary education in the Arts. Following his scholarship at Williams College, MA and the Slade School of Fine Arts, he attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2007. Thereafter, he studied under the mentorship of Mary Kelly at the UCLA Interdisciplinary Studio Practice program.  He lives and works between the US and Botswana.

 

CV

2011-2012
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY           
Artist in Residence

2008-2011
University of California in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Master of Fine Art, Interdisciplinary Studio Program      

2007-2008
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Independent Study Program (Studio)

2005-2006
Slade School Of Fine Art, London, England

2003-2007
Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art

 

Projects

Meleko Mokgosi uses painting to interrogate the very concerns that inform its death drive: the limits of representation, the politics of abstraction, and the mode of viewing enabled by rectangular canvases on a gallery wall. The artist’s technical acuity delivers a kind of critical visuality, asking viewers to draw out affinities between experiencing and interpreting. Pax Kaffraria: Sikhuselo Sembumbulu (2012) addresses the question of nationalism in relation to globalization and resistance. The work meditates on sikhuselo sembumbulu, a Xhosa term meaning “bulletproof.” This is a reference to the Xhosa cattle killings of 1856–57, which were intended to drive away colonial powers and simultaneously resurrect ancestors. The series of works frames the historic event and considers a legacy of resistance that continues today—namely, the persistent drive to become bulletproof. At the same time this history is represented as only partially available to viewers, suggesting the difficulty of cultural translation.

- Malik Gaines

 

Email
studio@melekomokgosi.com