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b. 1984, South Africa

Kemang Wa Lehulere Biography

Kemang Wa Lehulere was born in 1984 in Cape Town and lives in Johannesburg. He has a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (2011). Solo exhibitions have taken place at Lombard-Freid Projects, New York (2013); Stevenson, Johannesburg (2012); the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg (2011) and the Association of Visual Arts in Cape Town (2009). Group shows include The Ungovernables, the second triennial exhibition of the New Museum in New York (2012); A Terrible Beauty is Born, the 11th Biennale de Lyon at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (2011) andWhen Your Lips Are My Ears, Our Bodies Become Radios at the Kunsthalle Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland (2010). Wa Lehulere was a co-founder of the Gugulective (2006), an artist-led collective based in Cape Town, and is a founding member of the Center for Historical Reenactments in Johannesburg. He was the winner of the inaugural Spier Contemporary Award in 2007, the MTN New Contemporaries Award in 2010, and the Tollman Award for the Visual Arts in 2012, and was one of two young artists awarded the 15th Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel in 2013. He was also the recipient of an Ampersand Foundation residency in New York in 2012.

Kemang Wa Lehulere Featured Artworks

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Meteor Shower 10 by Kemang Wa Lehulere contemporary artwork
Kemang Wa LehulereMeteor Shower 10, 2018Ink on paper
76 x 56 cm
Stevenson Contact Gallery
Meteor Shower 8 by Kemang Wa Lehulere contemporary artwork
Kemang Wa LehulereMeteor Shower 8, 2018Ink on paper
100 x 71.5 cm
Stevenson Contact Gallery
Two Knots Per Second 10 by Kemang Wa Lehulere contemporary artwork
Kemang Wa LehulereTwo Knots Per Second 10, 2018Ink on paper
100 x 71.5 cm
Stevenson Contact Gallery
Two Knots Per Second 7, by Kemang Wa Lehulere contemporary artwork
Kemang Wa LehulereTwo Knots Per Second 7,, 2017Ink on paper
71.5 x 100 cm
Stevenson Contact Gallery
Meteor Shower 6 by Kemang Wa Lehulere contemporary artwork
Kemang Wa LehulereMeteor Shower 6, 2017Ink on paper
56 x 76 cm
Stevenson Contact Gallery
Meteor Shower 9 by Kemang Wa Lehulere contemporary artwork
Kemang Wa LehulereMeteor Shower 9, 2017Ink on paper
70.5 x 100 cm
Stevenson Contact Gallery
Prograde Motion 2 by Kemang Wa Lehulere contemporary artwork
Kemang Wa LehulerePrograde Motion 2, 2017Ink on paper
70.5 x 50 cm
Stevenson Contact Gallery
Monnatsela 3 by Kemang Wa Lehulere contemporary artwork
Kemang Wa LehulereMonnatsela 3, 2017Ink on paper
70 x 50 cm
Stevenson Contact Gallery

Kemang Wa Lehulere Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Kemang Wa Lehulere at Marian Goodman Gallery, London
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13 September–20 October 2018 Kemang Wa Lehulere Marian Goodman GalleryLondon

Kemang Wa Lehulere Represented By

Stevenson contemporary art gallery in Cape Town, South Africa Stevenson Cape Town, Johannesburg

Kemang Wa Lehulere In Ocula Magazine

Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Feature Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements By Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

The fifth Dhaka Art Summit plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South.

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Ocula Feature 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair By Yvette Greslé, London

This year marked the third London edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House. The fair presents an extraordinary opportunity to see many artists, who have a relationship to the African continent and its diaspora, in one space. This year 38 exhibitors participated in 1:54, and 150 artists were represented. Initiated...

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Kemang Wa Lehulere In Related Press

The best American art of 2016 Related Press The best American art of 2016 19 December 2016, The Guardian

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Norton Museum of Art No more play. If 2016 endures in American history as a year of epochal disaster, then it will be fair to ask, in the grim years to come: how on earth could artists have joked around so much while the darkness gathered? But in a year whose most debated exhibition came from a quartet of dim New York...

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EVA International: 'Still (the) Barbarians' Related Press EVA International: 'Still (the) Barbarians' 26 April 2016, Art Agenda

In her catalogue introduction, Koyo Kouoh calls Ireland “the first and foremost colonial laboratory of the British enterprise.” It’s a striking statement from the curator of EVA International biennial in Limerick. Titling the biennial Still (the) Barbarians, Kouoh uses it as a platform to consider how the legacies of colonialism...

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Kemang Wa Lehulere: Deutsche Bank’s 'Artist of the Year' 2017 Related Press Kemang Wa Lehulere: Deutsche Bank’s 'Artist of the Year' 2017 11 April 2016, e-flux

Wa Lehulere’s works often have a focus on black South African history, re-looking at and re-imagining the archive of narratives relating to black artists, musicians and authors in an attempt to prevent their work and lives from sinking into oblivion.  After Wangechi Mutu, Yto Barrada, Roman Ondák, Imran Qureshi, Victor Man, Koki...

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London’s Newest Unassuming Art Destination Related Press London’s Newest Unassuming Art Destination 12 October 2015, The New York Times / T Magazine

It’s here, on a quiet back street, that a row of industrial Victorian studios have been converted into a vast and free-to-visit exhibition space by the artist Damien Hirst. The Newport Street Gallery, which opens to the public this week, was originally home to a West End theater sceneographer and then a flower-wheelbarrow-maker before...

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