Nokukhanya Langa’s (1991, USA/ZA) work also leaves room for different possibilities, opportunities and (time) perspectives. In her art practice she reconciles the pluralities of her personal story with political and cultural history. Curious to know if there are other ways to take hold of it, her work is an exploration of figuration and abstraction, an inquiry into the loss of the image, and by extension, of reality in general.
Intuitively the artist balances these abstractions with more figuratively recognizable motifs: text, signs and drawings that are midway between cavemen drawings, sketches, scribbles, grafitti tags, signal signs and signatures. Constantly shifting back and forth between figuration and abstraction, Langa’s work is never simply unambiguous, finished or determined. On the contrary, by fading in and out, blurring, dismantling and building up, it is in a constant process of becoming.