November 14, 1999
November 14 – December 24, 1999
This is the newest museum debut for this young South African artist whose work explores the poetic aspects of expatriation. Langa, currently a resident of Amsterdam, is a restless scavenger who uses a wide range of materials and media - string, photography, drawings, collage, video, painting - all on a needed-as-found basis. His rather bumble aesthetic is at the service of an abrupt and broken wit fueled by displacement turned desire. Incorporating maps and appropriated text, Langa's drawings are charged with the sentimental voice of the émigré caught between new places and nostalgia, the familiar and the absurd. For his exhibition at The Society, Langa will draw upon Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca to create a palimpsest-like installation juxtaposing camp and Classical Civilization.
Langa's exhibition was organized in collaboration with The Centre d'Art Contemporain, Genova. It is also in collaboration with the School of The Art Institute's Visiting Artist Program, which is sponsoring Cry of My Birth, residencies and related exhibitions of live contemporary African artists.