b. 1975, South Africa

Moshekwa Langa Biography

Moshekwa Langa's indexical practice spans drawing, installation, video, and photography, culling materials from his immediate surroundings to record his own history and emotions. Influenced by his upbringing in a rural apartheid-era 'Homeland' not included on most maps, Langa actively maps his own autobiography in his work, using significant people, events, and places in his life as a foundation to reflect on physical and psychological borders. Langa's large-scale works on paper are central to this project—often dreamlike in their appearance, they result from the accumulation of ephemeral marks and actions and the mediation of seemingly heterogenous elements. Poetic and sentimental, Langa's work seeks to create visualisations of events and feelings not translatable to language, and grapple with the slippery qualities of meaning.

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Moshekwa Langa lives and works in Paris and Amsterdam. His work was first exhibited by the gallery in the 2019 exhibition Moshekwa Langa, Viviane Sassen, and Portia Zvavahera at 55 Walker, organised in partnership with Stevenson. In 2021, Langa's work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, the first institutional exhibition of his work in his home country. Past solo exhibitions of Langa’s work have been presented at venues that include Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, Modern Art Oxford, United Kingdom, The Rennaissance Society, Chicago, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, among others. In 2018, Langa’s work was included in We Don’t Need Another Hero, 10th Berlin Biennale, Germany, and The Red Hour, The 13th Dakar Biennale, Senegal. Langa additionally participated in the 2011 Lyon Biennale, the 2010 and 1998 editions of the Bienal de São Paulo, the 2009 and 2003 editions of the Venice Biennale, and the 1997 Johanneburg Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor.

Text courtesy Andrew Kreps Gallery.

Moshekwa Langa Featured Artworks

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Collapsing Guide II by Moshekwa Langa contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Moshekwa Langa Collapsing Guide II, 2000/2003 Mixed-media collage on plastic film
236 x 234 cm
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Ms Gigabyte (a woman after my own heart) by Moshekwa Langa contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Moshekwa Langa Ms Gigabyte (a woman after my own heart), 2015/2017 Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
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Johannes by Moshekwa Langa contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Moshekwa Langa Johannes, 2020/2021 Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
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The pond by Moshekwa Langa contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Moshekwa Langa The pond, 2020/2021 Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
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Hezekiel by Moshekwa Langa contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Moshekwa Langa Hezekiel, 2020/2021 Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
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Untitled by Moshekwa Langa contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Moshekwa Langa Untitled, 2015/2017 Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
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Metseng ya batho [Strangers’ homes] by Moshekwa Langa contemporary artwork works on paper
Moshekwa Langa Metseng ya batho [Strangers’ homes], 2012 Mixed media on paper
162 x 122 cm
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Paradise is closing down by Moshekwa Langa contemporary artwork works on paper
Moshekwa Langa Paradise is closing down, 2008 Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
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