Lebohang Kganye is a visual artist born in 1990 in Katlehong East Rand,Johannesburg.Lebohang started her photography journey by studying at the Market Photo Workshop in 2009 in Newtown and completed the Advanced Photography Programme in 2011.
She has participated in group exhibitions locally and internationally expanding her depth in photography. Kganye was the recipient of the Tierney Fellowship Award in 2012, leading to her excelling solo exhibition “Ke Lefa Laka” at the Market Photo Workshop Gallery. Ke lefa laka was Kganye’s first solo exhibition and features work from a year’s research into her family history using family photographs, testimonies from family members as well as personal narratives, adding a very unique feel to her work.
The exhibition features two series’ Heir-story’ and ‘Her-story’, as well as re-worked photo album. Also included in the exhibition are recordings of oral histories by members of Kganye’s family. All three parts of the exhibition explore concepts of memory, narrative, inheritance and storytelling in all three.
“This exhibition is about the search for identity, not only racial identity, but also her ethnic genealogy and the complexity of life in Johannesburg, a hybrid society, as a young black woman in post-Apartheid society”.
She created an animation from the series which was launched on Mandela Day 2014 in Scotland. Kganye was then selected as the Featured artist for the 17th Business and Arts South Africa Awards in 2014.Having held exhibitions in places such as at the Johannesburg Art Fair, Goodenough College in London and Maison Rouge in Paris giving her work a platform to grow.
Miss Kganye was also part of the British Council Connect ZA programme and The Space’s 2014 co-commission of three new moving image artworks from six emerging South African and British visual artists, animators and musicians. She produced a piece called Pied Piper’s Voyage along with Auntie Flo and Esa Williams.
“Lebo Kganye’s photography often incorporates her interest in sculpture and performance of the archive and memory. She confronts her collected and altered photographs; the artist’s and her family’s, as material for both memory and fantasy. She explores fictional history by using archives to merge illusive characters with “real” characters in a new universe”.
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