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Live Virtual Auction, 8 - 11 November 2020

Contemporary Art

Sold for

ZAR 204 840
Lot 670
  • Mohau Modisakeng; Endabeni 8
  • Mohau Modisakeng; Endabeni 8
  • Mohau Modisakeng; Endabeni 8

Lot Estimate
ZAR 180 000 - 240 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 204 840

About this Item

South African 1986-
Endabeni 8
Inkjet print on Epson Hot Press Natural, diasec
198,5 by 150cm, unframed


‘Mohau Modisakeng uses self-portrait, in the forms of photography, video and performance, to propose his own reflections on the imagery that surrounding the black body, particularly the South- African one. A body that is inevitably connected to the ideas of violence and linked to the crimes of apartheid and racial segregation that was in effect until the Nineties. His physicality is almost sculptural in works such as Endabeni, a photographic series that was realised in the suburb of Ndabeni, near Cape Town, a location that at the beginning of the Twentieth century was in actual fact the first official settlement for segregation. Modisakeng never depicts violence directly in his works but, through a system of references, symbols and metaphors, he is able to represent the fear and anxiety that are originated from the social and political tensions, still alive in the country.’1

1. Generazione Critica, ‘Endabeni – Mohau Modisakeng’, en/mohau-modisakeng/


Gerhard Mulder (ed) (2017) Mohau Modisakeng, WHATIFTHEWORLD: Cape Town, illustrated in colour on page 126.

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