Event: Lebohang Kganye Solo Exhibition: Mohlokomedi wa Tora
When: 30 August until 7 October 2018
Where: North and South Galleries, Henry Preiss Hall, Pretoria Art Museum
Cnr Francis Baard and Wessels Street, Arcadia Park, Arcadia
Lebohang Kganye who achieved first place overall in the 2017 Sasol New Signatures Competition, received R100 000 in prize money and the opportunity to hold her first solo exhibition. This exhibition, titled Mohlokomedi wa Tora ("lighthouse keeper"), will run in conjunction with the 2018 Sasol New Signatures Exhibition from 30 August until 7 October at the Pretoria Art Museum. The exhibition will also feature the 2018 winner, runner-up and five merit award winners as well as 87 finalists, all of whom are included in the highly respected competition catalogue.
Kganye acknowledges that the R100 000 prize money gave her the financial means and technical support to work with an exhibition designer to resolve challenges presented by her vision for a large-scale installation. The opportunity to collaborate with experts means her work has been able to move in a new direction, resulting in a work featuring a combination of mediums and disciplines.
In this work Kganye expands her complex visual vocabulary, rooted in traditional photography, to include sculptural elements and a spinning light for the life-size installation. Mohlokomedi wa Tora draws attention to the notion of family and how the influence of personal and political bias results in dynastic mythologies.
The installation constantly moves to create uninterrupted images and has four points of entry representing the four branches of the artist's family, whilst the spinning light feature on top of a table mimics a traditional photocopier light, which "scans" the surroundings and immerses the intruding audience in light. This table symbolises years of shared familial experiences and echoes the scene in Vincent van Gogh's Potato Eaters (1885) and suggests that shared disadvantages are separated by time and geography.
The narrow physical passages of this work allude to crowded living conditions experienced by township dwellers and the resulting forced intimacies. Contemporaneously the constant motion of the installation and the audience talks to migration, the creation and destruction of family, desire to escape the shadows of poverty and ironically at the same time becoming another shadow.
"Winning Sasol New Signatures has been an encouraging journey that forced me to further challenge myself. It presented many opportunities by allowing me to expand my horizon, by compelling me to take a risk. The process of creating new work is uncomfortable; it's actually scary. This entire process took something from me. I can only hope that those that receive the work nurture it by fully immersing themselves in the experience," concluded Lebohang Kganye.
Pretoria Art Museum times:
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 17:00 (closed on Mondays and public holidays)
Pretoria Art Museum: Corner Francis Baard (previously Schoeman) and Wessels Street, Arcadia Park
For more information on the exhibition and works for sale, visit: www.sasolsignatures.co.za.
Nandi Hilliard from the Association of Arts Pretoria on 012 346 3100, 083 288 5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For enquiries about the museum, please contact Hannelie du Plessis at tel 012 358 6748/50 or email email@example.com.