‘My work is not about anything. My work has to do with things.’
Moshekwa Langa’s installations, videos and collages are fresh and surprising, often provocative, yet exhibit a depth and sureness of touch astonishing in one so young. Materials for his drawings and installations are whatever comes to hand – bubble wrap, cigarette butts, toys, spools of cotton, street maps, advertisements – anything can be transformed into a marker in a world created by Langa. Titles are often literary, riddle like, alluding both to a personal history and universal experience. He is the subject of his own videos, producing work that is at the same time both funny and primal, like his True Confessions: My Life as a Disco Queen. Refusing to be classified as a black artist from Africa, Langa neatly sidesteps all attempts to package him as the latest art world commodity, forcing his viewing audience to set aside all preconceptions, and engage with what Langa chooses to set before it.
Moshekwa Langa studied at the Rijksakademie in the Netherlands and is currently a board member of the Thami Mnyele Foundation.