Lebohang Kganye was born in 1990 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she currently lives and works. She obtained a Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Johannesburg in 2014 and is currently doing her Masters in Fine Arts at the Witwatersrand University.
Located in the specificity of her South African context, Kganye’s multivalent work resonates with her nation’s traumatic history of colonialism and apartheid, and her work often takes literature, theatre and oral histories as their point of departure.
Notable awards include the FOAM Paul Huf award 2022, the Grand Prix Images Vevey 2021/22, Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize, 2020, Camera Austria Award, 2019 and the finalist of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative, 2019.
Kganye has exhibited her work extensively within curated group exhibitions in numerous international institutions, among which: House of Photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany, 2021; Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, France; Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan, 2020; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK, 2019–2020; Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, USA, 2019; Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK, 2018; Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada, 2019; Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, 2018–2019; Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands, 2018; Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy, 2016; Bamako Encounters Biennale of African Photography, Bamako, Mali, 2015.Solo exhibitions include Dipina tsa Kganya: Leave the light when you leave for good at the Georgian House Museum in Bristol, UK, in 2022; The Stories We Tell: Memory as Material, at George Bizos Gallery at the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2020; Ke Lefa Laka: Her-story, ata ppr oc he inLe Molière, Paris, France in 2019; Mohlokomedi wa Tora at the Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa in 2018, Ke Lefa Laka: Her-story, at Festival Africolor at Université Paris 13, in Bobigny and Villetaneuse, Paris, France, both in 2016 and Ke Lefa Laka at Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2013.