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Lebohang Kganye

Born in 1990, Lebohang Kganye lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Kganye completed the Advanced Photography Programme at the Market Photo Workshop in 2011. She also completed her Fine Arts studies at the University of Johannesburg in 2016. She is a leading figure of the new generation of contemporary South African photographers.

Although primarily a photographer, Kganye often incorporates her interest in sculpture, performance, installation and film. 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. Kganye was then selected as the Featured Artist for the 17th Business and Arts South Africa Awards in 2014. She was also awarded the Jury Prize at the Bamako Encounters Biennale of African Photography in 2015 and tthe CAP Prize 2016 in Basel and more recently the Rise Art Global Artist of the Year. Kganye recently received the coveted award for the Sasol New Signatures Competition 2017, leading to a solo show at the Pretoria Museum in August 2018.

She has participated in major exhibitions locally and internationally, including The Prada Foundation in Milan, MACAAL in Marrakesh, Digital Africa in Tokyo or Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town. Kganye’s work forms part of prestigious collections, such as the Walther Collection New York or The Pigozzi Collection Geneva.

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