"Haufi nyana?" means "Too close?" in Sesotho, one of South Africa's 11 official languages. The title of the exhibition refers to the nature of the dialogue between viewer and artist: how far can one go in a photographic autobiography on the one hand and to what extent can they share a personal story on the other? In the context of South Africa’s broader traumatic history before, during and in the aftermath of apartheid and colonialism, what should we look at? It also refers to the idea of "home" - which can be far, near or too near, and perhaps even all at once.
The exhibition highlights Kganye’s complex visual vocabulary and diversity of media including photographic montages, spatial installations and decor design, film animations, and patchwork. Through these works, Kganye moves effortlessly within the possibilities of decolonizing the medium of photography and South African cultural heritage.
About the artist:
Lebohang Kganye (1990, Johannesburg, ZA) was introduced to photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg in 2009 and completed the Advanced Photography Program in 2011. She received a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Johannesburg in 2014 and is currently studying for the Master of Fine Arts at Witwatersrand University. In addition to the 2022 Foam Paul Huf Award, she has recently received other prestigious awards including the Grand Prix Images Vevey 2021/22, the Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize 2020 and the 2019 Camera Austria Award.
Where: FOAM, Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam
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