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Meleko Mokgosi

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Democratic Intuition: Lerato, 2014–present Installation View at Jack Shainman Gallery, West 20th Street, September 8–october 22, 2016 © Meleko Mokgosi. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
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Comrades, 2015 Oil on Canvas Left: 96 1/16 X 108 Inches, Center: 96 1/16 X 132 Inches, Right: 84 X 72 1/16 Inches. © Meleko Mokgosi. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
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Democratic Intuition: Lerato, 2014–present Installation View at Jack Shainman Gallery, West 20th Street, September 8–october 22, 2016 © Meleko Mokgosi. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
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Democratic Intuition: Lerato, 2014–present Installation View at Jack Shainman Gallery, West 20th Street, September 8–october 22, 2016 © Meleko Mokgosi. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
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Democratic Intuition: Lerato, 2014–present Installation View at Jack Shainman Gallery, West 20th Street, September 8–october 22, 2016 © Meleko Mokgosi. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
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Democratic Intuition: Comrades II, 2014–present Installation View at Jack Shainman Gallery, West 24th Street, September 8–october 22, 2016 © Meleko Mokgosi. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
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Democratic Intuition: Exordium, 2014–present Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Installed Dimensions Variable © Meleko Mokgosi. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
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Africanis (Detail), 2013 Oil on Canvas 243 × 548 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Nolan Judin
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Pax Kaffraria: The Ruse of Disavowal, 2013 Installation View at the 12th Biennale De Lyon © Photo Blaise Adilon
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
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Head of Woman V, 2010 Graphite on Pencil on Wall 96" X 84"
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Francistown, Botswana
Works in
New York City
Schools
Williams College, BA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Tags
painting
Current Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2016
The Ease of Fiction
California African American Museum
Statement

Meleko Mokgosi (born in Francistown, Botswana) is an artist who works within an interdisciplinary framework to create large-scale project-based installations. Mokgosi works across history painting, cinematic tropes, psychoanalysis, and post-colonial theory. His studio program interrogates narrative tropes and the fundamental models for the inscription and transmission of history along side established European notions of representation in order to address questions of nationhood, anti-colonial sentiments, and the perception of historicized events. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Botswana National Gallery, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art.

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