See visual artists Lebohang Kganye and Gabrielle Goliath in process for Season 3 at The Centre
Invited by curators Anne Historical and @Bhavisha Panchia | writing for the eye / writing for the ear
Lebohang Kganye (b. 1990, Katlehong) 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.
Although primarily a photographer, Kganye’s photography often incorporates her interest in sculpture and performance. Over the past six years she has participated in photography masterclasses and group exhibitions locally and internationally. Kganye was the recipient of the Tierney Fellowship Award in 2012, leading to her exhibition Ke Lefa Laka. She created an animation from the series, which was launched on Mandela Day 2014 in Scotland, entitled Pied Piper’s Voyage. 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 the recipient of the CAP Prize 2016 in Basel. Kganye recently received the coveted award for the Sasol New Signatures Competition 2017, leading to a solo show in a year. Kganye’s work forms part of several private and public collections, most notably the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pennsylvania and the Walther Collection in Ulm.
Gabrielle Goliath (b. 1983, Kimberley) is a multidisciplinary artist known for her conceptually distilled and sensitive negotiations of complex social concerns, particularly in relation to situations of gendered and sexualised violence. She is currently working on a number of long-term performance projects, including her Elegy series, initiated in 2015. Elegy performances have been staged throughout South Africa and internationally, with each iteration marking the absent presence of a specific woman, or LGBTQI+ individual raped and killed in South Africa. Goliath is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Creative Arts (UCT), and holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art, University of the Witwatersrand (with distinction). Drawing on music’s capacity to both commemorate and evoke nostalgic memory, her current research aims to explore the possibilities and ethical demands of ‘performing’ and making ‘shareable’ traumatic recall, specifically the lived and perpetually relived trauma of rape survivors in South Africa. As an artist, she has exhibited widely, and was recently selected to participate in the 11 th Bamako Encounters Biennale (2017), Mali, where she was awarded the Institut Français, Afrique en Créations Prize (Jury Prize) for her 5-channel video installation Personal Accounts.
Her work features in numerous public and private collections, including the Iziko South African National Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Wits Art Museum.
Cinematographers | Kutlwano Makgalemele & Chris Soal
Photographer | Zivanai Matangi
Sound | Soul Fire Studio
Music | Dorothy Ashby
Editor | Noah Cohen