Modern Art: The Root of African Savages (2012 – 2014) addresses the problematic reinscription of colonial discourses in an ongoing series of paintings using museum labels as source material. Mokgosi makes critical interventions in the didactics that structure the way the public understands works of art, systematically deconstructing the power dynamics and cultural biases that underpin these presumably neutral, educational descriptors. In this work, Mokgosi takes as his subject the exhibition African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2012).

Modern Art: The Root of African Savages, 2012-2013

Inkjet and charcoal on linen, 10 panels, 36" x 24" each

Modern Art: The Root of African Savages II, 2012-2014

Inkjet and charcoal on linen, 16 panels, 24"x18" each

Modern Art: The Root of African Savages III, 2012-2015

Inkjet on paper, 16 panels, 24"x18" each

 

Wall of Casbah (2009 – 2014) addresses the problematic reinscription of colonial discourses in an ongoing series of paintings using museum labels as source material. Mokgosi makes critical interventions in the didactics that structure the way the public understands works of art, systematically deconstructing the power dynamics and cultural biases that underpin these presumably neutral, educational descriptors. In this work, Mokgosi takes as his subject the exhibition Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City (Getty Center, 2009).

Wall of Casbah, 2014

Inkjet and charcoal on linen, 24"x18" each

Adornment, 2010

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

Installation view, Vox Populi, Philadelphia

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