Kganye, Lebohang


South Africa, b. 1990; lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa


Lebohang Kganye, a South African multimedia artist, channeled her creative energies on a journey to retrace and reimagine her personal family history after the death of her mother in 2010. Looking through old albums (one of which was exhibited in Recent Histories for the first time in public) she saw her mother portrayed as "individual, fashionable, determined…like the beautiful Black women seen in Drum magazine." In an effort to relate to a part of her mother’s life she did not know, Kganye began to "perform" certain snapshots, uncannily mimicking her mother’s pose and expression while using the same sites, garments, and lighting conditions whenever possible. In Photoshop she then carefully merged the restaged pictures with the originals, resulting in Ke lefa laka, a new set of family pictures that crystallize a moving act of discovery and reconciliation.

Artworks by Kganye, Lebohang

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