Lebohang Kganye

What Are You Leaving Behind? is a solo exhibition of visual artist Lebohang Kganye’s work at ROSEGALLERY in Los Angeles.

Kganye often incorporates the archival and performative into a practice that centers storytelling and memory as it plays itself out in the familial experience. Her work explores an archive that is concerned with layered and temporal storytelling. The pieces in the forthcoming show span eight years of Kganye’s career, weaving together three seminal series: Her Story (2013), Reconstruction of a Family (2016), and Tell Tale (2018).

Her series Ke Lefa Laka (Her-Story) stems from confronting grief from the loss of her mother, while maintaining a connection to her and generational history. The title translates to “it’s my legacy” in seSotho.

Lebohang Kganye was born in 1990 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she currently lives and works. Kganye received her introduction to photography at the Market Photo Workshop, in Johannesburg, in 2009 and completed the Advanced Photography Programme in 2011. 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. Notable awards include 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.

Ka mose wa malomo kwana 44 II  •  2013

Ka mose wa malomo kwana 44 II

from the series Ke Lefa Laka (Her-Story)

2013  •  Courtesy of ROSEGALLERY.

Ke bapala seyalemoya bosiu ka naeterese II  •  2013

Ke bapala seyalemoya bosiu ka naeterese II

from the series Ke Lefa Laka (Her-Story)

2013  •  Courtesy of ROSEGALLERY.

Setupung sa kwana hae I  •  2013

Setupung sa kwana hae I

from the series Ke Lefa Laka (Her-Story)

2013  •  Courtesy of ROSEGALLERY.

Tshimong ka hara toropo II  •  2013

Tshimong ka hara toropo II

from the series Ke Lefa Laka (Her-Story)

2013  •  Courtesy of ROSEGALLERY.