Lebohang Kganye is an artist living and working in Johannesburg. Kganye received her introduction to photography at the Market Photo Workshop in 2009 and completed the Advanced Photography Programme in 2011. She also completed her Fine Arts studies at the University of Johannesburg in 2016 and forms a new generation of contemporary South African photographers.
Kganye was the recipient of the Tierney Fellowship Award in 2012. Kganye recently received the coveted award for the Sasol New Signatures Competition 2017, leading to a solo show at the Pretoria Art Museum in 2018.
Although primarily a photographer, Kganye’s photography often incorporates her interest in sculpture and performance. They are kept stashed in wardrobes and chests while a few framed ones decorate room dividers. Some are arranged in albums as if to tell life stories and testimonies to identities. “To tell this story, I began attempting to trace where my family originated, exploring how my late grandfather ended up in Johannesburg through interviews with my family. Pulling out the threads of our larger family narrative by tracing my ancestral roots through stories about our family surname. My photographic journey seems to be a deep response to loss and mourning – not just of different individuals, but of history, language and oral culture. My work is a reconstruction of my identity by reconnecting with family members both alive and dead and a larger family history”.