Langa, Moshekwa
Born 1975 in Bakenberg, South Africa
Lives and works in Paris, France
Rooted in the experiences of his life in Europe and the reminiscence of his upbringing in the remote town of Bakenberg, Moshekwa Langa’s work describes the world and seeks to make sense of it. The artist interrogates his experiences through a mixed media practice that “makes an index of the things [he] comes across”. Akin to visual anthropology, Langa’s abstract work brings together various materials and acts as a map of his emotions and memories. Langa’s solo exhibitions have taken place at institutions including Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1998); Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva (1999); the Renaissance Society, Chicago (1999); the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2003); Kunstverein Dusseldorf (2004); the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (MAXXI), Rome (2005); Modern Art Oxford (2007); Kunsthalle Bern (2011) and Krannert Art Museum, Champaign (2013). Moshekwa Langa exhibited at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2017) and has been selected by Simon Njami to participate in the 2018 edition of Dak’Art – Biennale de l’art africain contemporain, Dakar.
Moshekwa Langa, Ga - Mothoathoase, 2014-2015, Acrylic, Indian ink, pigments, interference paint, varnish on paper, 162 x 122 cm. Courtesy Blain|Southern