Artistic intentions

‘Smoke is not just a medium, but an extension & expression of my soul. It allows me to see beyond the Physical’ – Langa

Langa’s work is trying to capture the spirit, the dusty remains of the everyday lives he encounters on the streets, the heart of the city. Langa believes there is a higher force in control of our existence and we are all just bodies that transfer energies between one another, good or bad. In his work he wishes to honour the unseen men and women, the overlooked shadows behind our lives, shadows of the city trying desperately to earn a living.

All those silent ghosts in our economy, who are desperately trying to uphold their households, to capture and immortalise these ignored people, he uses two types of smoke in his drawings, candle & plastic smoke. He uses the poisonous smoke from plastic to try and translate the toxic side he has witnessed in the shadow of the city and he uses candle smoke as a gesture of illuminating and purifying their situation. Langa says most of us in the community are where we are today because of the overlooked people the shadows of the city, mostly mothers who do all they can to put food on the table and also the fathers who do all they can to uphold their homes.

With his work he hopes to shine a light on these very important people in our lives and he tells their stories as a way of appreciating and immortalising their silent sacrifices.

Langa's work is a silence protest about potent issues within Africa. It highlights issues such as land, identity and Migration and yet celebrate and acknowledge the sacrifice that the community go through every day to rebuild their pride through their efforts with hope that their kids will deliver them.

Azael's work is like a Journal that documents and immortalise, these stories and give them meaning. Langa says “most post people view the every day sacrifices of the black community as a struggle; but mostly for us it’s a necessary sacrifice that one chooses so our next generation can be in a better position”, his work is also to create an awareness of an ever evolving culture within this everyday Migration situation. Langa’s work honours the figures he paints as they are from royalty as he mostly portrays them as giants as they're always bigger than the “Land” and always carrying a blue home which is a symbolism and memories of Love, warmth, comfort and it's also a reminder of who we are and where we come from. This is to always remember our goals and dreams.

The AL Foundation

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The AL Art Education program

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The Women in Art Residency program

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160 eloff Street Selby
Johannesburg
Art@azaellanga.co.za

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