A close up of two people's feet as they walk

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Moshekwa Langa, Where Do I begin  2001

This short colour video with sound lasting just over four minutes focuses on the legs and feet of people in a queue as they board a public bus in the artist’s hometown of Bakenberg, approximately 300 kilometres north of Johannesburg in South Africa. Shot from the perspective of a child, the image is shaky and tightly cropped, focusing on the slow steps of those in the queue, the tyres of the bus and the dusty red ground. As the queue shuffles forwards, we see shoes cracking with age, a missing sock, stained skirt, swollen ankles and bulging bags interspersed with meticulously pressed men’s trousers and shiny shoes. Ambient sounds are overlaid with an extract from Shirley Bassey’s rendition of ‘Where Do I Begin’, a popular song from the film Love Story (1970). The work is number 2 in an edition of 3 plus 2 artist’s proofs. The video can be projected or shown on a monitor.

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T15628: Where Do I begin
Moshekwa Langa Where Do I begin 2001