South African Artist Wins Big At Art Basel

kemang_baselTwenty-nine year old South African Artist Kemang Wa Lehulere was one of two artists that took home prizes of 30 000 Swiss francs each. Fellow recipient was Germany’s Jenni Tischer.

The prize included the acquisition by Bâloise of a group of works by the award winners, which are donated to two important museums in Europe: the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig), in Vienna.

Of Wa Lehulere’s work the jury said:

In his work Kemang Wa Lehulere explores questions of collective memory and seeks to uncover the traces of South African history. To this end, he not only uses the devices of revealing and writing down but also of wiping out text and pictures. His wall-sized drawings, installations, performances and photographs establish a link between the trauma and myths of South Africa’s past and contemporary social issues. Wa Lehulere’s works may be read as an archive, which demonstrates the process of forgetting and, like a collage, simultaneously opens avenues to new narratives that encourage multiple interpretations.”

Kemang Wa Lehulere was the co-founder of Gugulective, an artist-led collective in Cape town and is the founding member of the Centre for Historical Reenactments in Johannesburg. He has won the Spier Award in 2007 and MTN New Contemporaries in 2010. His work has also been exhibited  in Cape Town, Johnnesburg, New York and Paris.



Comments are closed.