We started the show with the sounds of Toto – Africa. One of my favourites and my guests favourite.
In the studio we have Daniel Mosaka; Not only have Daniel and I worked together in the Arts space – Daniel has an amazing CV, history in the African Arts scene. But what makes Daniel an exciting guest is that he has been in involved in all areas of the arts:
Daniel Rankadi Mosako is an art practitioner and UNISA PhD student candidate. He majored in Fine Arts, and has two Honours degrees in Information Science and in History of Art, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies. He was conferred two Masters Degrees in Fine Arts and in Museum and Heritage Studies. He is a refined art [curator, educator, critic, and researcher].
His art philosophy is about the intricate and striking patterns that are reflective of a double-edged sword of social cohesion benefits and challenges. His art elevates questions about subliminal exclusion and partial inclusion practices and patterns that often confront people living in cosmopolitan areas in South Africa. In his art he uses recognisable patterns as a metaphoric representation of empathetic expression for those
whose human rights are transgressed. His body of work is a reflection of years of study and observations made on perceptions and perspectives on social inclusions and exclusion, in which he depicts visual angles and explorations of interlocked motifs and patterns. In his words he states: “I exclude images of human figure in my works of art to make loud comments about the absence of what needs to be present, being cohesive social environments”.
Furthermore, his body of work adds to the South African narrative of stereotype of colonial socio-economic patterns that have been repeated over years directly and indirectly influencing current social, economic and everyday-lifestyles discourses. This is because people and societies were and still are subcategorised along cultural imperialism, socio economic class structures and missionary influences as well as being subjected to on-going racial animosities.
His academic career form part of an ongoing research on how unsavoury systematic pattern of colonialism continue to influence the current economic situation in South Africa particularly at cosmopolitan areas, and directly and indirectly drifting apart possibilities and aspirations of social cohesion. Daniel Rankadi Mosako’s work is dominated by primary colours that he skilfully uses as a metaphor for cohesion since such colours have potential
to be merged into secondary and tertiary colours.
Mosako’s recently participated in the following art expositions: UNESCO Art Camp, Ordino (Andorra) 2014; Art Santa Fe Art Fair, Santa Fe (USA), 2014 – 2015 – 2016; Seoul Trade Expo, Seoul (South Korea) 2016; Red Dot Miami Art Fair, Miami (USA) 2016; Art Expo New York, New York (USA) 2016; San Diego Art Fair (USA) 2016; National Arts Festival, Grahamstown (SA) 2015; That Art Fair, Woodstock (SA) 2016; Essence book & art affair, Durban (SA) 2016; Johannesburg Art Fair, Sandton (SA) 2016 – 2017; Art Africa Fair, Cape Town (SA), 2017. His art is in several national and international art collections.