C& Artists' Editions #3

Lebohang Kganye

Messages from the Memory Palace, 2021 


Digital pigment print on Cotton Rag paper

42.6 x 60cm

Edition of 35, signed and numbered


Price: 650 EUR excluding VAT

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Lebohang Kganye’s edition for C& entitled Messages from the Memory Palace, is part of her wider body of work In Search for Memory, which began in 2020, inspired by Malawian writer Muthi Nhlema’s science fiction novella TA O’REVA. In the novella Nhlema presents an alternative history of a post-apocalyptic future South Africa, through multiple timelines.

To create the photographs, Kganye first constructs scenes, in which the main protagonist travels between different realities. Kganye places small and delicate cardboard cut-outs of photos, some taken during successive trips to old industrial areas between Pretoria and Johannesburg, others of domestic furniture from her grandmother’s house, as well as silhouettes from her old family albums, into white boxes. These tableaux are then photographed. For Kganye the work reflects on photography and theatre’s relationship to time and performance.

“In my practice, photography is used as a way to recreate moments that I have never myself experienced. In a similar way to figures and objects in a dollhouse, each element in Search for Memory creates the illusion of an entire world. They look like they could be moved, changed or shifted. I wish to emphasise the fabricated nature of history and memory, how the visualisation of an event always induces an element of creation, experimentation and error, an on-going construction. In Search for Memory allows me to make historical adjustments, by placing my family members at the centre of a national stage.”


Lebohang Kganye (b. 1990, Katlehong) is a visual artist and photographer, from Johannesburg, South Africa, where she currently lives and works.

Although primarily a photographer, her interest in the materiality of photography is ongoing and explored in myriad ways, through her use of the sculptural, performative, theatrical and the moving image. Kganye’s work has explored themes of personal history and ancestry whilst resonating with the history of South Africa and apartheid, by incorporating the archival and performative into a practice that centres storytelling and memory as it plays itself out in the familial experience.

Kganye was the recipient of the 2022 Foam Paul Huf Award, her survey solo exhibition Haufi Nyana? I’ve Come to Take you Home is shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Foundation Prize with an exhibition at the Photographers Gallery, London and Deutsche Börse Foundation, Frankfurt (2024). Other notable recent awards include the Grand Prix Images Vevey 2021/22; and Camera Austria Award, 2019.


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