Kemand Wa Lehulere: Artist of the Year 2017
For over 30 years, the Deutsche Bank Group has promoted contemporary art globally through its substantial collection, exhibitions, and joint projects with partners around the world. Through its Artist of the Year Award, the bank continues to provide a platform for contemporary artists.
This year, South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere, joins the league of winners like Basim Magdy (2016), Koki Tanaka (2015), Victor Man (2014), Imran Qureshi (2013), Roman Ondák (2012), Yto Barrada (2011), and Wangechi Mutu (2010), as a winner of the award. Born in Cape Town in 1984, Lehulere studied Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand (2011) and is one of the most exciting artists working in Africa today.
Victoria Noorthoorn, Director Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, while describing Lehulere, stated that he is “a refined artist of the highest order. He explores the relevance of the artistic gesture in post-Apartheid South Africa. In his wall drawings, collages, and complex performances, he revisits his own history and the pain of his society by creating poignant images that are never literal or explanatory, but are instead a territory to be traversed, understood, and revealed.”
Lehulere has previously won; the inaugural Spier Contemporary Award (2007); the MTN New Contemporaries Award (2010); the Tollman Award for the Visual Arts (2012); the 15th Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel (2013); and the first International Tiberius Art Award Dresden (2014). He has also won the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art award (2015).
He has held many solo exhibitions that have taken place in several renowned galleries including Gasworks, London (2015); Lombard Freid Projects, New York (2013); the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg (2011); the Association of Visual Arts in Cape Town (2009); and Stevenson. Some of his notable group exhibitions include; African Odysseys at Le Brass Cultural Centre of Forest, Belgium (2015); the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014); Public Intimacy: Art and Social Life in South Africa at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2014), The Ungovernables, the second triennial exhibition of the New Museum in New York (2012); A Terrible Beauty is Born, the 11th Biennale de Lyon at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (2011); and When Your Lips Are My Ears, Our Bodies Become Radios at the Kunsthalle Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland (2010).
From April 16, Kemang Wa Lehulere’s work will be presented at the EVA International in Limerick City, Ireland, and from May 3 at the 12th Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal. He will also present his first institutional solo exhibition in Germany at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin in Spring 2017.
March 21, 2019
March 21, 2019