Moshekwa Langa: Fugitive
From August 19 to October 13, 2017, Stevenson Gallery will present Fugitive, a solo exhibition by South African artist, Moshekwa Langa. Conceived as a homecoming, this will be the artist’s first showing in Johannesburg, and his first exhibition of new work in the city since 2009.
It is often remarked that Langa’s work since the mid-1990s has interrogated land and public and personal politics through the mapping of territory and cultural environments. Fugitive explores these concepts in terms that are personal but not self-directed. Langa immerses himself in the process but allows it to evolve organically, engaging his work in a reflexive conversation.
The artist explains, “I decided to find a way to capture the various ways in which I had made things, thought through things and tried to make meaning of things and the space I was in … It became paramount for me to have a studio practice in which I would explore various methods and see where they would lead me. I had no clear way of knowing where the various exercises would go; it was more important to see things before me because maybe then I would discover something about not only myself, but also the work.”
Created using tape, tar and used sandpaper, featuring collages of spliced referents, his new works become a deliberate form of ‘time-keeping and time-marking in the absence of a concrete record. Fugitive marks the coming together of artist and process as symbiotic autonomies, questioning what it means to pay homage to and revisit specific geographies in the wake of incomplete recollection.
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