One chapter and related drawings from Pax Kaffraria will be on view at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) running through March 19th. Six Chapters are on view at MAG.
Meleko Mokgosi (b. 1981, Botswana) makes figurative paintings that fit together to form “chapters” in large installations that suggest stories or narratives. This exhibition is the first time the chapters of Mokgosi’s project Pax Kaffraria are being exhibited together. The installation at MAG is a rare opportunity to be immersed in an all-consuming pictorial environment.
Pax Kaffraria depicts the history of a fictional African nation. It features founding myths and legends of national triumph. An agrarian culture develops into an industrial power and modern society. Flags wave, leaders command, and the pomp and circumstance are televised for viewers who choose to watch the events from the comfort of their homes. There are references to shared values and prosperity—and to attendant threats of possible future decline.
Fully Belly II, 2010–14 (detail)