Moshekwa Langa (b. 1975, Bakenberg, Limpopo, South Africa) is predominantly based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and is currently undertaking a residency at the Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France. Stemming from an itinerant life in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris; and his contrasting experiences of South Africa, the artist interrogates his own position by embracing almost every artistic medium. Through painting, video, drawing, installation, sculpture and photography, he creates an ongoing index of items and observations. ​

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GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

Blain|Southern London
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25 July – 15 September 2018

BIOGRAPHY

Solo exhibitions include: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, NL (1998), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH (1999); Renaissance Society, Chicago, US (1999); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, US (2003); Kunstverein Dusseldorf, DE (2004); National Museum of the 21st  Century Arts (MAXXI), Rome, IT (2005); Modern Art Oxford, UK (2007), Kunsthalle Bern, CH (2011); Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois, US (2013); ifa Galleries, Stuttgart and Berlin, DE (2014). Biennials include: Johannesburg (1997), Istanbul (1997), Havana (1997), São Paulo (1998 and 2010), Gwangju (2000), Venice (2003 and 2009), Lyon (2011), Dakar (2018), Berlin (2018).

Langa has most recently exhibited in group shows such as: Le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR (2017); Afriques Capitales, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, FR (2017). He was selected by Simon Njami to participate in this year’s edition of the Dakar Biennale, and is currently exhibited at the 10th Berlin Biennale, curated by Gabi Ngcobo.

Public collections include Johannesburg Transitional Metropolitan Council, Sandton Municipal Art Gallery, Johannesburg; The South African National Gallery in Cape Town, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, and Maxxi Museum, Rome.

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Born 1975, Bakenberg, ZA 
Currently lives and works in Paris, FR


EDUCATION

1998
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL


RESIDENCIES

2017/2018
Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, FR

2016
Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, FR

2015
Thami Mnyele Residency, Amsterdam, NL

2008
Résidences Internationales aux Récollets, Paris, FR

2002   
The Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, US
Triangle Arts Trust, Grand- Rivière, TT


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Relatives, Blain|Southern, London UK 

2017
Fugitive, Stevenson, Johannesburg, ZA

2016
Ellipses, Stevenson, Cape Town, ZA
MiniSurvey, Frieze, New York, US

2014
The Jealous Lover, ifa-Galerie Stuttgart; ifa-Galerie Berlin, DE

2013
Counterpoints: Moshekwa Langa, In and Out of Africa, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, US
Mogalakwena, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, ZA

2012
Ramokone, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA

2011
Marhumbini: In an Other Time, Kunsthalle Bern, CH

2010
Black Maria, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, DK
Wuthering Heights, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, DE

2009
Rose Coloured Glasses, Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, GR
Thresholds, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA

2008
Miracle in the Rain, Taché-Lévy Gallery, Brussels, BE

2007
Encounters: Moshekwa Langa - Homeland, Modern Art Oxford, UK
The Inheritance of Loss, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, ZA

2006
The man who cast no shadows, Taché-Lévy Gallery, Brussels, BE
Terms of Endearment, Galeria Bonomo, Rome, IT
 
2005
Moshekwa Langa, MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, IT
Backlash Blues, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA
Moshekwa Langa: Unlimited, Gallery SAW, Ottawa, CA

2004
Present+Tense, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, DE

2003
Interior Monologues, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, US

2002
Loss draws and co-wives, Galerie Ascan Crone - Andreas Osarek, Berlin, DE
Fresh, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, ZA

2001
Island Tourist Hotel, Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem, NL
Moshekwa Langa, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, FR

2000
Moshekwa Langa, Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, GR
Another Time, Another Place, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA

1999
Moshekwa Langa, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH
Moshekwa Langa – Live and in Person, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, US

1998
Moshekwa Langa – Dor, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL

1997
Beware of Imitations, Galerie Frank Hänel, Frankfurt, DE

1995
Moshekwa Langa, Rembrandt van Rijn Art Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
10th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, DE
La Biennale de l’Art africain contemporain, DAK’ART, Dakar, SN

2017
Permanent Repetition, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
You and I, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, ZA
The New Parthenon, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa Art/Afrique
Le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR
Afriques Capitales, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, FR
The White Hunter. African Memories and Representations, FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan, IT
A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town, ZA
When the Heavens Meet the Earth: Selected Works from the Sina Jina Collection of Contemporary Art, Heong Gallery, Downing College, Cambridge, UK

2016
Corner of the Eye: Moshekwa Langa & Nora Schultz, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, FR
Exchange, Galerie Hans Meyer, Düsseldorf, DE
An Age of Our Own Making, Images Biennial, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, DK
Biennial of Painting: Yoknapatawpha, Museum of Deinze & Leie Region, BE

2015
I Love Art 13 - 100 artists from the Watari-Um Collection, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP
You Love Me, You Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from the Sindika Dokolo Collection, Municipal Gallery, Almeida Garrett, Porto, PT
I was once Lonelyness, Blain| Southern, Berlin, DE
Other People’s Memories, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA
The Poetry In Between: South-South / 2015, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
Schema, Stevenson, Cape Town, ZA
Perspectives 3, Stevenson, Cape Town, ZA 
Perspectives 2, Stevenson, Cape Town, ZA

2014
One Man's Trash (is Another Man's Treasure), Danjuma Collection, London, UK
On Stage, KARST, Plymouth, UK
Chroma, Stevenson, Cape Town, ZA
Le Mur, La collection Antoine de Galbert, La Maison Rouge, Paris, FR

2013
My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France; Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, DE
Cultural Brokerage: Africa Imagined, Pretoria Art Museum, ZA
This is the Thing, Blank Projects, Cape Town, ZA
Alptraum & Pop Hits, Artspace Rhein - Main, Offenbach, DE
12th Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach, Stadt Fellbach-Kulturamt, Fellbach, DE

2012
Subject as Matter, The New Church Museum, Cape Town, ZA

2011
The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, DE
A Terrible Beauty is Born, 11th Lyon Biennale, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, FR
Water, the [Delicate] Thread of Life, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA
Alptraum!, The Company, Los Angeles, USA; Blank Projects, Cape Town, ZA
Joel Andrianomearisoa, Romuald Hazoumé, Moshekwa Langa, Cameron Platter, Baby Samba, Kura Shomali, Billie Zangewa, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, FR

2010
There is always a cup of sea to sail in, 29th São Paulo Biennale, BR
3rd World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, Biscuiterie de Medina, Dakar, SN
Sphères 2010, Galleria Continua, Le Moulins, FR
In Other Words, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA
A Collective Diary. An African Contemporary Journey, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliva, IL
Que du Papier, L.A.C (Lieu d'Art Contemporaine), Sigean, FR
Open End: An Exhibition of Painting, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
The Marks We Make, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
Inverting the Pyramid, Blank Projects, Cape Town, ZA

2009
Hypocrisy: The Site-specificity of Morality, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, NO
Fare Mondi/Making Worlds, 53rd International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, IT
Eat the Frame!, Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag, NL 
Dada South?, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
Dystopia, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, ZA
Remap 2: A Contemporary Art Programme, Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, GR
Dystopia, Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria, ZA
Bad Form - Things and Stuff, Blank Projects, Cape Town, ZA
 
2008
Flow, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, US
Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, US
Snap Judgments: New positions in contemporary African photography, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL; Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, US 
Za giovane arte dal Sudafrica, Complesso Museale di Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, IT
Africa and the World, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA
Power Plays, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
Lionel Estève - Moshekwa Langa - Liang Wei, Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, GR
Inside Out, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, DE
Power Play, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, ZA

2007
Juicios Instantáneos, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, MX
Africa Remix, Johannesburg Art Gallery, ZA
Expats/Clandestines, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, BE
Snap Judgments: New positions in contemporary African photography, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, CA
On Memory, Johan Deumens Gallery, Harlem, NL
Who’s got the Big Picture?, MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, BE
Circulez! Il n’y a rien à voir (with Zhang Enli), Objectif_Exhibitions, Antwerp, BE
Too Near, Too Far, Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem, NL
Above Average Looking / Accessible Lives (SOMATOPOWER), Lothringer13 – Städtische Kunsthalle München, Munich, DE
Afterlife, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, ZA
Lift Off Part II, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, ZA

2006 
New Painting, Johannesburg Art Gallery, ZA
Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, US
A Fiction of Authenticity, Blaffer Gallery, Art Museum of the University of Houston, US
Africa Remix, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JP; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE
Olvida Quien Soy - Erase me from who I am, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ES
Nederland 1, Stedelijk Museum, Gouda, NL
Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, International Center of Photography, New York, US; Miami Art Central, Miami, Florida, US
There & Back: Africa, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES
1st Luanda Triennale, AO
Farrago, Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, GR
On Memory, Johan Deumens, Haarlem, NL
Contested Territories: Representing Postcolonial Interests, Greenland National Museum and Archives (NKA), Nuuk, GL
Re_dis_trans Voltage of Relocation and Displacement, Apexart, New York, US
9th Havana Biennale, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, CU
Rethinking Nordic Colonialism, NIFCA (Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art), Helsinki, FI

2005
Crowd of the Person, Contemporary Art Museum, Baltimore, US
Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, UK
Africa Remix, Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR
Damenwah, Galerie Krone, Berlin, DE
How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey, Nuevo León, MX

2004
A Decade of Democracy: South African Art, 1994-2004, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, US; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, US
Literally and Figuratively: Text and Image in South African Art, Stevenson, Cape Town, ZA
How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, US; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, MX
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Barbican Art Galleries, London, UK; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, US
A Fiction of Authenticity, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, US
Africa Remix, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, DE
Making Waves: SABC Collection, Johannesburg Art Gallery, ZA
Min(e)dfields, Museum Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, CH 
Camoufleurs, Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, DE
Migrating Identity, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL

2003
Post Border Land – Afrikaanse kunsternaars pakken uit in Bagagehal, Bagagehal Loods, Amsterdam, NL
Somewhere Better than this Place: Alternative Social Experience in the Spaces of Contemporary Art, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, US
How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT
A Fiction of Authenticity, Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, US
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, US
Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora, Museum for African Art, New York, US
The African Exile Museum, Migros Museum for Contemporary Art, Zurich, CH
Dreams and Conflicts - The Dictatorship of the Viewer, 50th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, IT
Contact Zones: Colonial & Contemporary, Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town, ZA
Next Flag: Reexistencia Cultural: Generalizada - BPS22, Musée d'art de la Province de Hainaut, Charleroi, BE
Rijksakademie Show, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK

2002
The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, US
Watching Ocean and Sky Together, part of the Liverpool Biennale, UK
Iconografias Metropolitanas, 25th São Paulo Biennale, BR

2001
The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, DE; Haus der kulturen der welt, Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin, DE; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, US
Áfricas: The Artist and the City – a Journey and an Exhibition, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, ES
Juncture, The Granary, Cape Town, ZA; Studio Voltaire, London, UK
The Place of Happiness, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP
FNB Vita Art Prize, NSA, Durban, ZA
ARS 01 Unfolding Perspectives, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FI
Head North: Views from the South African National Gallery Permanent Collection, Bildmuseet, Umeå, SE
Changing the Point of View: African video art, ifa-Galerie Berlin, Berlin, DE

2000
Man and Space, 3rd Gwangju Biennale, KR
Fun Five Fun Story – Guinness Contemporary Art Project, Art Gallery of New South Wales, UK
Paris pour escale, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, FR
Blick-Wechsel – Afrikanische Videokunst, ifa-Galerie Bonn; ifa-Galerie Stuttgart; ifa-Galerie Berlin, DE
Saman Taivaan Alla, Vuosaari (Under the Same Sky), Kiasma external projects European Culture Capital, Helsinki, FI
Head North: Views from the South African National Gallery Permanent Collection, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
(W)Interface, Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem, NL
Changing the Point of View: African video art, ifa-Galerie Stuttgart, DE
The New Republics: Contemporary Art From Australia, Canada and South Africa, The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, AU

1999
Celcius: (neue) Kunst aus dem (neuen) Sudafrika, Contemporary Visions from a New South Africa, ifa-Galerie Bonn, DE
Works on Paper, Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem, NL
Drawings: Moshekwa Langa and Peter Land, H&R Projects, kanaal 20, Brussels, BE
Trafique, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, BE 
Generation Z, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, US
De Dia, Liebaert Projects, Kortrijk, BE
New Worlds: Contemporary Art from Australia, Canada and South Africa, Canada House Gallery, London, UK
New Republics, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, CA; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, AU
Traffic of night in paradise, Vrieshuis Amerika, Amsterdam, NL

1998
Cultural Anthropophagy, 24th São Paulo Biennale, BR
Unlimited NL, De Appel Centre for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, NL
Transatlantico, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ES
Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
Memorias Intimas Marcas, Electric Workshop, Johannesburg, ZA
FNB Vita Art Prize, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA
Power Up: Between Experience and Expectation, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, the NL
7th Triennale der Kleinplastik, Sudwest LB Forum, am Hauptbahnhof 2, Stuttgart, DE
AIDS Worlds: Between Resignation and Hope, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, CH; Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Ticino, IT
Cartographers, Geo-gnostic projections of the 21st century, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
Atlas Mapping: The artist as cartographer, cartography as art, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, AT

1997
Hitchhiker, Generator Art Space, Newtown, Johannesburg, ZA
The individual and his memory/El individuo y su memoria, 6th Havana Biennale, CU
Die Anderen Modernen, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE
Purity and Danger, Wits University Art Galleries, Johannesburg, ZA
Big Blue, Coins Café, London; Adler Café, Berlin, DE
Cartographers: Geo-gnostic projections of the 21st century, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, HR
Atlas Mapping: The artist as cartographer, cartography as art, Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, AT
On life, beauty, translations and other difficulties, 5th International Istanbul Biennale, Yerebantan Cistern, Istanbul, TR
Fin de Siècle à Johannesburg, Usine Lu, Nantes, FR
Graft, Trade Routes: History and Geography, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
El individuo y su memoria, 6th Havana Biennale, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, CU

1996
Unplugged, Rembrandt van Rijn Art Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA
South Africa at the Forefront, October Gallery, London, UK
Colours: Kunst aus Südafrika, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE
The Young and the Restless without Permission, Sandton Civic Art Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA ; Groundswells, The Mermaid Theatre, London, UK
Fault Lines, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, ZA
Don’t Mess with Mr In-between, Culturgest, Lisbon, PO
Jusqu'à l'école à Bordeaux, à Johannesburg, CAPC (Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux), Bordeaux, FR

1995
Junge Kunst aus Südafrika, Galerie Frank Hanel, Frankfurt, DE
Siyawela: Love, Loss and Liberation in South African Art, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK; Gertrude Posel Gallery and Studio Gallery, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, ZA
Gay Rights Rites Rewrites, Martin Melk Huis, Cape Town, ZA; Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein, ZA; Witwatersrand University Art Galleries, Johannesburg, ZA
Vita Art Now, Johannesburg Art Gallery, ZA
Africa 95, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Johannesburg Transitional Metropolitan Council, ZA
Sandton Municipal Art Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA
The South African National Gallery in Cape Town, ZA
Museum of Modern Art in New York, US
Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, US
Maxxi Museum, Rome, IT

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