Democratic Intuition

Democratic Intuition

Meleko Mokgosi

Democratic Intuition

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Democratic Intuition by Meleko Mokgosi is a comprehensive volume documenting Mokgosi's eight-chapter project that questions conceptions of democracy in relation to the daily lived experiences of southern Africans. Separated into two fluid sections, the first half of the publication shows Mokgosi's presentation of seven of the eight chapters of Democratic Intuition (2013–present) at Jack Shainman Gallery's The School, a sprawling 30,000-square-foot former high school in Kinderhook, New York. Over thirty pages of full-bleed images of the exhibition are bookended by texts from Jessica Bell Brown, Seph Rodney, Debora Silverman, and an interview with Antwaun Sargent.

The second half of the book shows work from all eight chapters, displayed in chronological order, offering a unique opportunity to view the progression of Mokgosi’s contemplation and investigation of democratic ideals. Mokgosi examines the ways in which democracy can be thought of as inscribed in the individual by various institutions and through processes of socialization and intersubjective exchange. As a result, Democratic Intuition reveals the inherent contradiction between one’s supposed individual freedoms and the necessary recognition of and interaction with the other in democracy. Drawing from history painting and propaganda, Mokgosi includes iconographic details in his compositions that may not be recognized or understood by a Western audience. By combining broadly legible themes with pointed, specific imagery, Mokgosi encourages a desire in the viewer to understand a history beyond what is already known.

Published by Pacific, 2020
Hardcover
188 pages / 2 gatefolds / B2 poster
9 × 11.5 inches
Limited edition of 500

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