Meleko Mokgosi will paint an original oil-on-canvas portrait of a living African American woman. The subject of this portrait will be chosen by the recipient, who will provide images for him to paint from. The subject should share a close connection with the recipient, per Mokgosi’s request. Alternatively, Mokgosi could choose the subject of the portrait, who will reflect the rich history of contributions of African American women in the United States.
Post-postcolonial with a vengeance, Mokgosi immerses us in currents of a powerful, complex civilization. — The New Yorker
Meleko Mokgosi (born in Francistown, Botswana; lives and works in New York, NY) is an artist, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Art, and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program. Meleko Mokgosi’s large-scale, figurative, and often text-based works engage history painting and cinematic tropes to uncover notions of colonialism, democracy, and liberation across African history. His most recent body of work, Democratic Intuition (2014 – present) poses questions about how one can approach ideas of the democratic in relation to the daily-lived experiences of the subjects that occupy southern Africa.
His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, recently at Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art; venues include the Botswana National Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana; The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Museum, Peekskill, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; and the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Los Angeles, CA. His work is included in public collections such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art for Rollins College, Winter Park, FL; and the Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, ME.