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MOSHEKWA LANGA (article first published : 2001-08-9)

The winner of the FNB Vita Art Prize 2001 was announced at a function held at the NSA Galleries in Durban on August 7, 2001.

Moshekwa Langa, who produced a poignant work entitled Home Movies: Where Do I Begin, received the coveted FNB Vita Art Prize 2001 prize of R35,000. Currently studying and living in Amsterdam, Holland, Moshekwa Langa takes an FNB Vita Art Prize for the second time round. He was nominated for an exhibition held last year at the Goodman Gallery entitled Another Time, Another Place.

Born in Potgietersrus, Moshekwa Langa matriculated from the Max Stibbe Waldorf School Project in Pretoria. His first solo exhibition was held at the Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery in 1995. He has subsequently exhibited internationally in cities such as London, Frankfurt, Rotterdam, Geneva and Athens. His most recent exhibition in this South Africa was Mountains of My Youth, presented by the Goodman Gallery earlier this year.

The other finalists who all received an initial commissioning fee of R12,000 included former Durban artist Clive van den Berg as well as Kim Lieberman, Robin Rhode, Kathryn Smith, and Jan van der Merwe.

The founding principles for the FNB Vita Art Prize is to promote contemporary art in South Africa and provoke interest and debate around new artistic developments. The final decision regarding the outright winner was made by a panel of fine art experts who this year included Willem Boshoff, Julia Charlton, Natasha Fuller, Virginia MacKenny, Nkosinathi Khanyile and Pat Mautloa.

As part of the expansion of the FNB Vita projects, the FNB Vita Art Prize exhibition has made a move from being only Johannesburg-based, to becoming national. The first stop is the NSA Galleries where The FNB Vita Art Prize 2001 Exhibition will run until September 8. For further details contact Storm van Rensburg at (031) 202 3686.




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