Thursday, December 17, 2020, 1pm est
Gagosian is pleased to partner with the Decolonising Arts Institute of the University of the Arts London (ual) in hosting a dialogue between Meleko Mokgosi and Isaac Julien, moderated by Zoé Whitley, director of Chisenhale Gallery, London. The two artists will discuss narrative and montage strategies in their respective practices as painter and filmmaker. The event will be introduced by Gagosian director Louise Neri and ual Decolonising Arts Institute director susan pui san lok. To join, register at zoom.us.
This is the third and final event in a season of weekly online dialogues with Mokgosi and selected partners during the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom and Europe at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London.
Meleko Mokgosi (left). Photo: courtesy Vilcek Foundation. Isaac Julien (right). Photo: Thierry Bal
Thursday, December 10, 2020, 1pm est
Gagosian is pleased to partner with the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art at University College London (ucl) in presenting a dialogue between artists Meleko Mokgosi and Michael Armitage. The two African artists will discuss the politics of contemporary figurative painting and their concurrent exhibitions—Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition at Gagosian, London, and Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict at Haus der Kunst, Munich. The conversation will be introduced by Gagosian directors Louise Neri and Jona Lueddeckens, and moderated by Tamar Garb, professor of art history at ucl, whose research focuses on gender and sexuality, race and representation, and contemporary art in southern Africa. To join, register at zoom.us.
Meleko Mokgosi (left). Photo: courtesy the artist. Michael Armitage (right). Photo: Theo Christelis © White Cube
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 1pm EST
To mark the publication of Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition, Gagosian and Jack Shainman Gallery will host a dialogue between the artist and critic Antwaun Sargent. Published by Pacific with Jack Shainman Gallery, the book documents Mokgosi’s epic painting project Democratic Intuition (2013–20), which explores the internal contradictions of the theory that the function of democracy is dependent upon accessible education. Compelling genre scenes, often involving prominent figures from African public life, jump-cut between the confines of manual work, the freedoms of intellectual enterprise, and their ties to gender and race. In a conversation introduced by Gagosian director Louise Neri and moderated by Jack Shainman Gallery director Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Mokgosi and Sargent will discuss the artist’s interdisciplinary investigation of postcolonial nationhood and the democratic process. To join, register at zoom.us.
Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition (New York: Pacific Publishing, 2020). Photo: Dan Bradica © Pacific
2020 Soros Arts Fellowship
Meleko Mokgosi has been selected to receive the 2020 Soros Arts Fellowship, alongside nine other cultural practitioners working at the intersection of migration, public space, and the arts. He will receive a stipend to realize an ambitious project titled Pan-African Pulp over the next eighteen months. Through publications, murals, posters, and a digital archive, Mokgosi will explore histories of Pan-Africanism in southern African pulp photo-novels of the 1960s and 1970s, with the aim of reviving ideas of Pan-Africanism and Black consciousness to build transcontinental alliances between groups fighting systems of oppression today.
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