Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds
25 November - 18 December 2009
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled (Mapping teal), 2009
Mixed media on paper
153 x 103 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled (Betty Boop), 2009
Mixed media on paper
102 x 152 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled IV (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
80 x 54 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled IX (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archicaval Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XII (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Arhival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XIX (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled II (Mapping text), 2009
Mixed media on paper
153 x 103 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled IV (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XVII (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled (Tape II), 2009
Mixed media on paper
150 x 102 ccm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled III (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XXIV (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled (Mapping jade), 2009
Mixed media on paper
153 x 103 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled VI (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XIII (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XX (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XXVI (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled VI (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XV (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled 3 (Portrait), 2008/2009
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled - Tape I, 2009
red wine, mixed media on paper
100 x 140 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled V (Mapping text) , 2009
Mixed media on paper
153 x 103 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled I (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XI (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled X (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Arhival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled IV (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
80 x 54 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled VIII (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XVI (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XX (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled (Strip), 2009
Red wine, collage elements and mixed media on paper
152 x 102 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled 1, 2008/2009
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XXVII (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Untrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled VII (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XVIII (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XIV (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Arhival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XXV (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled II (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Homage to Nicholas II, 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
63 x 84 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled V (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XI (Bakenberg) , 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Arhival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XXIX (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Untrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled X (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled II (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled VIII (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XVII (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XXI (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XIII (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Untrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled VII (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XII (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XIX (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XIV (Circumcision) , 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XVI (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled IX (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Arhival Ultrachrome Inks
40 x 27 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XV (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Arhival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XXII (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XXIII (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled I (Circumcision), 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
80 x 54 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XII (Maps), 2006
Mixed media on paper
100 x 140 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Homage to Nicholas I, 2009
Archival Innova photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
84 x 63 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled IV (Mapping text), 2009
Mixed media on paper
153 x 103 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Untitled XXVIII (Bakenberg), 2009
Archival Innova Photo FibaPrint 280g Paper with Archival Ultrachrome Inks
27 x 40cm

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa / Thresholds - Installation View

25 November - 18 December 2009

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled (Mapping teal)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled (Betty Boop)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled IV (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled IX (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XII (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XIX (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled II (Mapping text)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled IV (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XVII (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled (Tape II)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled III (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XXIV (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled (Mapping jade)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled VI (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XIII (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XX (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XXVI (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled VI (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XV (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled 3 (Portrait)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled - Tape I

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled V (Mapping text)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled I (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XI (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled X (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled IV (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled VIII (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XVI (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XX (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled (Strip)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled 1

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XXVII (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled VII (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XVIII (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XIV (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XXV (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled II (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Homage to Nicholas II

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled V (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XI (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XXIX (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled X (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled II (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled VIII (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XVII (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XXI (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XIII (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled VII (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XII (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XIX (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XIV (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XVI (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled IX (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XV (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XXII (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XXIII (Bakenberg)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled I (Circumcision)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XII (Maps)

Moshekwa Langa

Homage to Nicholas I

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled IV (Mapping text)

Moshekwa Langa

Untitled XXVIII (Bakenberg)

Goodman Gallery Johannesburg proudly presents Thresholds, a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed, South African–born Moshekwa Langa.

Born in 1975 in Bakenberg, Limpopo, Langa left home at age 13 and returns now as an observer, an artist and a cartographer of geographical and psychological history. Thresholds is an intimate document of how past informs present, which in turn informs future; the contrast of a modern man observing the traditional rituals of his birthplace.
Thresholds is a photographic and film installation that documents the graduation from initiation rights in the Harmansdal village in Limpopo.

The exhibition is made up of three bodies of work: men’s graduation, women’s graduation and the unveiling of a gravestone. These rites are a point of orientation in a broad story and passage. They situate the viewer and the artist in a biographical history, both personal and collective.

As a young child growing up in the area Langa was afraid of these rituals. He grew up in a house with 14 children and everyone went through the rituals except him because he left to live in Johannesburg. Langa says he is “afraid of the rituals but curious”.
The work includes a series of confrontational portraits that compel the viewer to engage with the gaze of the subjects. The observation and location of the artist emerges as a focal point of the work. The absence of the artist in the frame is the presence felt. The tug between comfort and discomfort from image to image, moment-to-moment and gaze-to-gaze is the thread that arrests our engagement.

Through his observation, the artist attempts to understand the secrets of the rites of passage. Thresholds is a visual presentation and arrangement of his observation. The work is not an intervention but rather a report that informs the personal document of the artist’s life.
The grouping of the portraits is provocative and penetrating; the single gaze that pushes through the group of faces, the women in relation to the men, the young in relation to the old. It is the eyes in each group, which seem to imply the telling or not telling of the passage of induction.

Also on the show and following on previous work by the artist are memory map drawings that link to a time when he was growing up, referencing the artist’s own passage and threshold.
Moshekwa Langa was a participant at Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam. His work has been included in several major local and international exhibitions. His work is a life story in progress and is made up of markers in a process of observation, markers in his biography.

Moshekwa Langa lives and works in Amsterdam and Paris.