For his first exhibition with Blain|Southern, and his first in the UK, Moshekwa Langa fills the London gallery with a wealth of visual references, borrowed, abstracted, spliced and collaged onto canvas through a freewheeling process of loose association that he has become known for.
Growing up in a remote part of South Africa and since working in Holland, Germany and France, Langa’s promiscuous mixing of media has been interpreted as a response to the conditions of belonging to a diaspora, reflecting the instability that comes from such frequent and radical changes of place.
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Certainly daily experiences, especially the challenges to movement that he faces because of his origins, provide continual reference points in his work. Described as a ‘visual anthropologist’, Langa creates an ongoing index of items and personal observations, abstracting a variety of materials into wall-based works that can be seen as a map of his emotions and memories.
“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.” – Moskehwa Langa