Moshekwa Langa / Ramokone / 2012

About

Goodman Gallery Johannesburg is pleased to present new and recent work by Moshekwa Langa, an artist and visual anthropologist who works with installation, drawing, video and sculpture.

Having grown up in Bakenberg, which he left in 1989 to attend the Waldorf School near Pretoria, Moshekwa was particularly interested in visual expression, recording his passing days and conveying his experiences. At first he made drawings and wrote texts, which expanded into sculptures made with corrugated iron and cement bags. This exploration transformed his medium from drawing into other dimensions, one of which resulted in a work titled Skins. Moshekwa moved to Johannesburg where he was an associate with the SABC as a contributing producer and he eventually left for the Netherlands to attend the prestigious Rijksakademie in 1997.

Drawing has been an extended practice for Moshekwa, integrating elements of graffitti, thread, yarn and other material into his work. After living in Amsterdam and finding his footing, he decided to return home and spend time with his family, but also to confront certain aspects of his youth and the unfamiliar present state of his home town. In that time he encountered three dramatic incidents that made him stay in South Africa. The works on show are a series of indirect responses to these traumatic events, the last of which was the passing of his grandmother – Mrs Elizabeth Ramokone Konyana Langa – to whom the exhibition has been dedicated.

Moshekwa cites as among his influences and inspirations daily life, routine, boredom, indifference, passion. He cultivates many friendly relationships with people and travels around the country, as well as spending time in a solitary set up in order to examine what he has experienced – good and bad. This has meant covering rituals of sangomas, grieving, gossip, love and at times being in insalubrious locations. He makes maps of his experiences, encounters, people, places. He pays attention to particular details that are pertinent to him and also uses words as slogans or poetic epigrams, bringing together scraps and residues of history.

Langa’s work has been included in several major exhibitions including travelling shows The Short Century and Africa Remix, the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 and the 29th São Paulo Biennale 2010. He has held numerous solo shows, in his home country, as well as abroad at institutions such as the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center (2003) and MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo – in Rome (2005). He recently held a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern, titled Marhumbini: In An Other Time (2011).This is his fourth show in the Goodman Gallery. His work is held in collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunstin Antwerp.

Moshekwa is currently based in Johannesburg, his principal home is in Amsterdam.

  • Magic

    Magic, 2000

    Mixed media on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • Ngwana Owa La

    Ngwana Owa La, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    100.5 x 70.5 cm

    Available

  • Mosadi Moholo

    Mosadi Moholo, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • The day of the wedding

    The day of the wedding, 2008

    Acrylic, pen and pastel on paper

    212 x 94 cm

  • With a Criminal Intent

    With a Criminal Intent, 2007

    Mixed media on paper

    77 x 57.5 cm

  • Phenomene

    Phenomene , 2008

    Mixed media on paper

    106 x 78.5 cm

  • You will find us

    You will find us, 2008

    Mixed media on paper

    106 x 75.5 cm

  • Imagined

    Imagined, 2008

    Mixed Media on paper

    106 x 75.5 cm

  • Ngwana

    Ngwana, 2005

    Mixed media on paper

    150 x 110 cm

  • Realised

    Realised, 2002-2012

    Mixed media on paper

    100 x 140 cm

  • Blue Lagoon

    Blue Lagoon, 2012

    Mixed Media on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • What is a Home Without a Mother

    What is a Home Without a Mother, 2008

    Mixed Media

    150 x 110 cm

  • Night Life I

    Night Life I, 2002

    Mixed media on paper

    150 x 110 cm

  • Sealoga

    Sealoga, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    70 x 50 cm

    Available

  • Night Life II

    Night Life II, 2002

    Mixed media on paper

    150 x 110 cm

  • After Muafangejo

    After Muafangejo, 2011

    Mixed media on paper

    56 x 76 cm

  • Thandiswa

    Thandiswa, 2012

    Mixed media on paper

    70.5 x 55.5 cm

  • Londi

    Londi, 2011

    Mixed media on paper

    70. 5 x 55.5 cm

  • Khunkwane

    Khunkwane, 2008

    Mixed media on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • About Yesterday

    About Yesterday, 2008

    Mixed media on paper

    106 x 75.5 cm

  • Two People

    Two People, 2002

    Mixed media on paper

    122 x 86 cm

    Available

  • Nonwane

    Nonwane, 2002

    Mixed media on paper

    122 x 86 cm

  • Sepoko

    Sepoko, 2002

    Mixed media on paper

    122 x 86 cm

  • Barbie City

    Barbie City, 2002

    Mixed media on paper

    122 x 86 cm

  • Dilo Dilwana

    Dilo Dilwana, 2003

    Mixed media on paper

    122 x 86 cm

  • Khensani (for Tshepho)

    Khensani (for Tshepho), 2008

    Acrylic, pen and ink, crayon, pencil, collage and varnish on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • Untitled (Ronaldo)

    Untitled (Ronaldo), 2002

    Mixed Media On Paper

    100 x 140 cm

  • Family

    Family, 2008

    Mixed media on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • Miracle in the rain

    Miracle in the rain, 2008

    Mixed media on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • Xavier

    Xavier, 2003

    Mixed media on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • Matsie

    Matsie, 2003

    Mixed media on paper

    122 x 86 cm

    Available

  • Xolani

    Xolani, 2008

    Mixed media on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • Beast

    Beast, 1999-2010

    Tea, coffee, acrylic, salt, transparent lacquer, pencil on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • Gae / Home

    Gae / Home, 1999-2010

    Mixed media on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • Lalie - for a loving son and a dear Father

    Lalie - for a loving son and a dear Father, 2007/8

    Mixed media on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • Millie (Spectres)

    Millie (Spectres), 2011-2012

    Mixed media on paper

    203 x 301 cm

    Available

  • The Wedding

    The Wedding, 2007

    Mixed media on paper

    77 x 57.5 cm

  • Windows

    Windows, 2011-2012

    Mixed media on paper

    135 x 303 cm

  • Installation picture [Moshekwa Langa / Ramokone / 2012]