Kemang Wa Lehulere is Deutsche Bank’s 'Artist of the Year' 2017

South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere is Deutsche Bank's new 'Artist of the Year' 2017. He will present his first institutional solo exhibition in Germany at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin in spring 2017.

“Kemang Wa Lehulere 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”, explains Victoria Noorthoorn, Director Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires.
 
The award is given on the recommendation of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council which consists of the renowned curators Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Victoria Noorthoorn. After Wangechi Mutu, Yto Barrada, Roman Ondák, Imran Qureshi, Victor Man, Koki Tanaka, and Basim Magdy, Kemang Wa Lehulere is now Deutsche Bank’s 8th international “Artist of the Year.
 
Kemang Wa Lehulere was born in 1984 in Cape Town, South Africa and lives in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He is perceived as one of the most important representatives of a new generation of South African artists who work in all different kinds of genres and media in order to develop new artistic perspectives and narrative modes, as well as new forms of political action. Wa Lehulere’s drawings combine allusions to the apartheid era in his home country South Africa and found pictorial material, personal memories, and texts.
 
For information on past 'Artist of the Year' winners, please click here.

Kemang Wa Lehulere - Deutsche Bank 'Artist of the Year' 2017. Photo: Adam McConnachie © Kemang Wa Lehulere Enlarge

Kemang Wa Lehulere - Deutsche Bank 'Artist of the Year' 2017. Photo: Adam McConnachie © Kemang Wa Lehulere

Kemang Wa Lehulere - Deutsche Bank 'Artist of the Year' 2017. Photo: Adam McConnachie © Kemang Wa Lehulere


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