Lerato Shadi lives and works in Berlin. From 2010 to 2012 Shadi was a member of the Bag Factory artist studios in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. Her work was featured at the Dak’art Biennale and in the III Moscow International Biennale in 2012. Shadi is a fellow of Sommerakademie 2013 (Zentrum Paul Klee). She was awarded with the mart stam studio grant, Berlin in 2014. Shadi is the winner of the Alumni Dignitas Award of the University of Johannesburg in 2016, she participated in the ‘JoburgArtFair TEDx talk’ in the same year and presented her solo show Noka Ya Bokamoso at the South African National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Shadi participated in The Parliament of Bodies, the Public Programs of Documenta 14 and was awarded with the AFRICA’SOUT! residency program (New York) in 2017. Shadi is winner of the German Villa Romana Prize (Florence) for 2018.
Shadi`s work revolves around the reality that even though she works and moves in white spaces that seek to other and marginalize her, she reinforces her agency by unapologetically working from a black, female and African perspective. She dose so in her own terms, resisting the need to justify her voice. Shadi claims the right to use her own historical background as reference without having to draw parallels to Western references. Exploring problematic assumptions projected onto the black female body and how performance, video and installation create a space for artists to engage with those preconceived notions, making the body both visible and invisible. Using time, repetitive actions as well as stillness.