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LANGA MAGWA NOMINATED (article first published : 2001-08-22)

Durban based sculptor and artist Langa Magwa is among the nominees for the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Sculpture 2002.

Nominated by Marilyn Martin, curator of the National Art Gallery in Cape Town, Langa Magwa believes he inherited his talent and interest in the craft from his late grandfather. He worked as a labourer to save enough money to enroll for a national diploma in fine art in 1995 at the Natal Technikon.

In his BTech degree Langa did research on scarification – razor-cuts on faces that form part of traditional tribal culture. Contrary to theories of body mutilation and decoration, he believes that scarification is a cultural procedure which is common in African societies.

His work, primarily on cow hides incorporating the tribal markings, is a response to an urban world full of cross-cultural exchange where there are no definite boundaries between black and white as well as no purity of cultural position. The hides become his canvases. He scrapes away some of the surface and creates his imagery by using a variety of techniques such as shaving, burning, staining and drawing.

The other nominees are Jane Alexander, Paul du Toit; Albert Munyai, Joachim Schönfeldt; Claudette Schreuders; Moses Seleko and Minette Vari.

Speaking of the award and nominations, chairman of DaimlerChrysler South Africa, Christoph Köpke said: “In keeping with the Awards’ objectives to raise the profile of South African talent, this year’s nominees are, without exception, young people with extraordinary ability … any of whom will make a worthy winner and future ambassador for South African sculpture.”

Adjudication takes place on October 23 and 24. Tailored each year to suit the chosen art discipline, the prestigious award is comprised of a cash prize, the international production of a full-colour catalogue as well as an opportunity to study overseas and a presentation of the artist in their respective field in Germany and South Africa during 2002.

More information from Trish Riley on (011) 705-1585 or 083 266-9878.




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