Pebofatso Mokoena
Exodus, 2021
Paper, oil pastel and acrylic on paper
31cm x 23cm x 23cm


Kgositsile’s Exodus was birthed from Pebofatso Mokoena’s continuing interest in the articulations of space and its ongoing narratives within said space. A part of the work’s meaning is derived from reading Keorapetse Kgositsile’s No Serenity Here, and the ideas around spatialities, limitations, structures, orbits and gestures of movements. My reference point began at my painting Square Bending, which is an attempt to describe and articulate a swarm of dots moving in the middle of the painting, through a green disk, as if moving through a black hole. My intention was to use paper collage to build a theatre through which a number of swarms will move around the theatre. My understanding of drawing was to engage drawing as a 3-dimensional practice of building space where the implied narratives can occur.


Born 1993, Johannesburg, South Africa. Lives and works, Johannesburg, South Africa In 2014, He completed his N.Dip (Visual Art) at the University of Johannesburg and subsequently, and in addition towards completing his degree, is currently teaching drawing and presentation at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, at University of Johannesburg. Emerging from early practice in printmaking, Mokoena’s painting practice is formally underscored by precise mark making and division of space, while exploring ideas around micro and macro scales of politics, architecture and the environment. Mokoena’s unique perspective and technical virtuosity, have received gallery, collector and critical support from the early stages of his career, he has been exhibiting professionally since 2014, completing residencies with KOOSHK Foundation in Iran (2018), and First Solo residency in Harare in 2019. His work is found in private collections in United States, Canada including the Springs Art Library Collection, the South African Embassy Art Collection (in Washington, D.C.), and the JP Morgan Global Collection amongst others.