ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, 09|17|2011 – 02|05|2012
Moshekwa Langa

* 1975 in Bakenberg, Potgietersrus (ZA), lives and works in Amsterdam (NL)

Ohne Titel, 2003 (3 works)

Moshekwa Langa, who characterizes himself as an artist who is working in a documentary way, focuses first and foremost on topics such as identity and social affiliation as well as on religious rituals. For him, art production also includes a therapeutic and ritual dimension. He resists, furthermore, the classification of his art as South African or black, while defining himself as an individual outsider.
Langa observes life and creates “maps” of his geographic, social, and psychological history. Here, the process involved in their production is no less important than is the result itself. With ink or pastel chalk, Langa writes or jots down on paper the names of people of places, maxims, quotes, or stories. His sketches do not result in a linear, logic-semantic narrative but are far rather a kind of artistic diary, a subjective cartography extending beyond space and time. (AE)


Ohne Titel
, 2003