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Kemang Wa Lehulere

Studio Grant holder in Stockholm 1 September – 19 November 2022

Kemang Wa Lehulere  is an artist based in Cape Town, South Africa He seeks to develop new narrative modes and forms of political action through sculpture, drawing, performance and writing. Throughout his career he has created dialogue with the historic legacy of Black South African artists, journalists, and musicians, such as Gladys Mgudlandlu, Ernest Mancoba, and Nat Nakasa.

Kemang Wa Lehulere. Photo: Mario Todeschini

During his residency in Stockholm, he will focus on explorations around clay and its material possibilities. Kemang Wa Lehulere was a co-founder of Gugulective, an artist-led collective based in Cape Town, and is a founding member of the Center for Historical Reenactments in Johannesburg. He was awarded the 15th Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel in 2013 and is the winner of the 2015 Standard Bank South Africa, Young Artist Award. He has exhibited his works in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States.