Moshekwa Langa / Ramokone / 2012

Moshekwa Langa / Ramokone / 2012
25 August - 22 September 2012
Installation View
Moshekwa Langa
Realised, 2002-2012
Mixed media on paper
100 x 140 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Blue Lagoon, 2012
Mixed Media on paper
140 x 100 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Night Life I, 2002
Mixed media on paper
150 x 110 cm

Khensani (for Tshepho), 2008
Acrylic, pen and ink, crayon, pencil, collage and varnish on paper
140 x 100 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Gae / Home, 1999-2010
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Thandiswa, 2011
Mixed media on paper
70.5 x 55.5 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Sealoga, 2006
Mixed media on paper
70 x 50 cm

Untitled (Ronaldo), 2002
Mixed Media On Paper
100 x 140 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Lalie - for a loving son and a dear Father, 2007/8
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Family, 2008
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Mthakathi, 2005
Mixed media on paper
64.5 x 50 cm

Londi, 2011
Mixed media on paper
70. 5 x 55.5 cm
Moshekwa Langa
With a Criminal Intent, 2007
Mixed media on paper
106 x 75.5 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Arone, 2005
Mixed media on paper
88 x 68.5 cm
Moshekwa Langa
The Day of the Wedding, 2008
Mixed media on paper
212 x 94 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Khunkwane, 2008
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm

Miracle in the rain, 2008
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Mothwasi, 2006
Mixed media on paper
88.5 x 68.5 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Imagined, 2008
Mixed media on paper
106 x 75.5 cm

About Yesterday, 2008
Mixed media on paper
106 x 75.5 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Two People, 2002
Mixed media on paper
122 x 86 cm

Xavier, 2003
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
Moshekwa Langa
You Will Find us, 2008
Mixed media on paper
106 x 75.5 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Nonwane, 2002
Mixed media on paper
122 x 86 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Magic, 2000
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm

Sepoko, 2002
Mixed media on paper
122 x 86 cm

Matsie, 2003
Mixed media on paper
122 x 86 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Millie (Spectres), 2011-2012
Mixed media on paper
203 x 301 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Phenomene , 2008
Mixed media on paper
106 x 78.5 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Xolani, 2008
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Ngwana Owa La, 2006
Mixed media on paper
100.5 x 70.5 cm

The Wedding, 2007
Mixed media on paper
77 x 57.5 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Somebody is Always Willing to Tell, 2011
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm

Barbie City, 2002
Mixed media on paper
122 x 86 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Night Life II, 2002
Mixed media on paper
150 x 110 cm

Windows, 2011-2012
Mixed media on paper
135 x 303 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Dilo Dilwana, 2003
Mixed media on paper
122 x 86 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Beast, 1999-2010
Tea, coffee, acrylic, salt, transparent lacquer, pencil on paper
140 x 100 cm

After Muafangejo, 2011
Mixed media on paper
56 x 76 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Mosadi Moholo, 2006
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm
Moshekwa Langa
Ngwana, 2005
Mixed media on paper
140 x 110 cm
Moshekwa Langa
What is a Home Without a Mother, 2008
Mixed media on paper
140 x 200cm
Moshekwa Langa
A Turn In The South, 2010
Mixed media on paper
140 x 100 cm

Moshekwa Langa / Ramokone / 2012 - Installation View

25 August - 22 September 2012

Moshekwa Langa

Realised

Moshekwa Langa

Blue Lagoon

Moshekwa Langa

Night Life I

Khensani (for Tshepho)

Moshekwa Langa

Gae / Home

Moshekwa Langa

Thandiswa

Moshekwa Langa

Sealoga

Untitled (Ronaldo)

Moshekwa Langa

Lalie - for a loving son and a dear Father

Moshekwa Langa

Family

Moshekwa Langa

Mthakathi

Londi

Moshekwa Langa

With a Criminal Intent

Moshekwa Langa

Arone

Moshekwa Langa

The Day of the Wedding

Moshekwa Langa

Khunkwane

Miracle in the rain

Moshekwa Langa

Mothwasi

Moshekwa Langa

Imagined

About Yesterday

Moshekwa Langa

Two People

Xavier

Moshekwa Langa

You Will Find us

Moshekwa Langa

Nonwane

Moshekwa Langa

Magic

Sepoko

Matsie

Moshekwa Langa

Millie (Spectres)

Moshekwa Langa

Phenomene

Moshekwa Langa

Xolani

Moshekwa Langa

Ngwana Owa La

The Wedding

Moshekwa Langa

Somebody is Always Willing to Tell

Barbie City

Moshekwa Langa

Night Life II

Windows

Moshekwa Langa

Dilo Dilwana

Moshekwa Langa

Beast

After Muafangejo

Moshekwa Langa

Mosadi Moholo

Moshekwa Langa

Ngwana

Moshekwa Langa

What is a Home Without a Mother

Moshekwa Langa

A Turn In The South

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.