Moshekwa Langa

South African, b. 1975

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Moshekwa Langa

South African, b. 1975

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Rooted in his daily experiences and his upbringing in the remote town of Bakenberg, South Africa, Moshekwa Langa’s drawings, installations, sculptures, photographs, and videos reflect an anthropological approach to his own life and to his contemporary context. Through his work, he makes sense of himself and the world. His diverse output—including photographic portraits of the residents of Bakenberg; mixed-media drawings composed of text and image fragments; and installations of objects resonant with personal meaning—may be seen as a map of his emotions, memories, and experiences. As he describes: “For me it is interesting to work in that liminal space between losing consciousness of the real and falling into a fantastical wakefulness, of making sense of what is around me, and what I imagine [and] hope to be around me and what I wish to be away from me.”

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 7 more
Biography

Rooted in his daily experiences and his upbringing in the remote town of Bakenberg, South Africa, Moshekwa Langa’s drawings, installations, sculptures, photographs, and videos reflect an anthropological approach to his own life and to his contemporary context. Through his work, he makes sense of himself and the world. His diverse output—including photographic portraits of the residents of Bakenberg; mixed-media drawings composed of text and image fragments; and installations of objects resonant with personal meaning—may be seen as a map of his emotions, memories, and experiences. As he describes: “For me it is interesting to work in that liminal space between losing consciousness of the real and falling into a fantastical wakefulness, of making sense of what is around me, and what I imagine [and] hope to be around me and what I wish to be away from me.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 7 more