Democratic Intuition (2014-Present), an 8 chapter project of oil on canvas paintings, aims to ask questions about how one can approach ideas of the democratic in relation to the daily-lived experiences of the subjects that occupy southern Africa. In dealing with this material, Mokgosi focuses on the ways in which democracy can be thought of as both something that is inscribed within the individual from various institutions in addition to being partly intuitive or self-taught through processes of socialization and intersubjective exchange. As a result, this project questions and outlines how the idea and reciprocation of the democratic is counter-intuitive because it is based on the contradiction between recognizing one’s supposed freedom as an individual and the recognition that has to be applied to one’s partner to interaction.

Acts of Resistance, 2018

Installation View, Baltimore Museum of Art


Bread, Butter, and Power, 2018

Installation View, Fowler Museum, Los Angeles


Lex and Love, 2017

Installation view, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown



Lerato, 2016

Installation view, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York



Comrades II, 2016

Installation view, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York



Comrades I, 2016

Installation view, Stevenson Art Gallery, Cape Town



Exordium, 2015

Installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston


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