Artist portrait of Lebohang Kganye


Lebohang Kganye (1990) forms a new generation of contemporary South African visual artists. Although primarily a photographer, her ongoing interest in the materiality of photography is explored in myriad ways, through her use of the sculptural, performative, theatrical and the moving image.

Lebohang Kganye is selected as the 16th winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award in 2022.

While her work may resonate with a particularly South African experience, it critically engages with oral tradition as form and memory, as a tangible source material.

Lebohang Kganye received her introduction to photography at the Market Photo Workshop, in Johannesburg, in 2009 and completed the Advanced Photography Programme in 2011. She obtained a Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Johannesburg in 2014 and in 2023, followed a Masters in Fine Arts at the Witwatersrand University, South Africa. Notable recent awards include the Grand Prix Images Vevey 2021/22, Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize, 2020, Camera Austria Award, 2019 and the finalist of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative, 2019. Kganye’s work forms part of several private and public collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pennsylvania and the Walther Collection in Ulm.

“Nomasonto Mthembu” from “Mosebetsi wa Dirithi”, 2022 © Lebohang Kganye.
“Habo Patience ka bokhathe II” from “Ke Lefa Laka: Her-Story”, 2013 © Lebohang Kganye.
Foam Paul Huf Jury 2022

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Watch: Lebohang Kganye at Pakhuis de Zwijger

Still from Lebohang Kganye at Foam x Pakhuis de Zwijger

In Fotokroniek #88, Lebohang Kganye speaks about her visual language and the wide variety of mediums she uses in her practice.