Pebofatso Mokoena

February 2018

Pebofatso Mokoena (b. 1993, Alberton, South Africa) currently lives and works in Johannesburg. He has completed his NDip (in Visual Arts) at the University of Johannesburg. Pebofatso Mokoena has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town. Apart from working towards his BTech qualification, Pebo works as an artistic mechanic on the Johannesburg art circuit. Dealing with issues surrounding technology, family and communication; working mainly as a printmaker, Mokoena has participated in a number of competitions and curated exhibitions including Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards, “Diptych,” That Art Fair 2015, “Fresh Produce” in 2014, “Inner Nature” in Cape Town, “Fortunes Remixed”, and “South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers” in Washington DC. At the tender age of 22, Pebofatso’s work lies in the Springs Art Library Collection, the South African Embassy Art Collection (in Washington, D.C.), the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C, and other private collections.

 


Recent Activities

Solo Exhibitions
2017
The Pebofatso Experience – Hazard Gallery Johannesburg
New Works – Hazard Gallery Johannesburg

Group Exhibitions
2018
Open Studio – Nazdik Cafè – Tehran, Iran
2017
Disclosure – SMAC gallery Johannesburg
Atomic Peace – Bag Factory Johannesburg
2016
POST-ITS – Constitutional Hill Johannesburg
New York Art Fair – New York
Between South Africa and Iran – NoMans Gallery – Tehran
Beasts of No Nation – Hazard Gallery Johannesburg
2015
30|30 – Springs Art Gallery Johannesburg
Defining The Narrative – Gallery MOMO Cape Town
2014
South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers – Washington DC
Shared Inheritance – The Cosmopolitan Johannesburg
2013
Diptych: presented by Assemblage – Johannesburg
Fortunes Remixed – Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Cape Town

Being in a completely different space, yet still so familiar: “A Hive of Activity and Temperature

Rising” speaks to my search for meaning living in spaces dealing with complex histories of space, place and belonging, sandwiched into global play. As Marcel Mauss states in his book The Gift:

“… the powerful contemporary tendency is to regard the world of things as inert and mute, moving and animated, indeed knowable, only by persons and their words…”

Both these works act as a theater by which each and every single mark acts as characters in the ever changing narrative of bigcity life, forever characterized by their individual movements, but always connecting with each other in a mad search for harmony, order and balance.

Statement

Being in a completely different space, yet still so familiar: “A Hive of Activity and Temperature

Rising” speaks to my search for meaning living in spaces dealing with complex histories of space, place and belonging, sandwiched into global play. As Marcel Mauss states in his book The Gift:

“… the powerful contemporary tendency is to regard the world of things as inert and mute, moving and animated, indeed knowable, only by persons and their words…”

Both these works act as a theater by which each and every single mark acts as characters in the ever changing narrative of bigcity life, forever characterized by their individual movements, but always connecting with each other in a mad search for harmony, order and balance.