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40 Under 40 Global

Kemang Wa Lehulere

7 September 2017

33 | Cape Town, South Africa

Celebrated for their subtle entwining of personal and collective narratives, Kemang Wa Lehulere’s works are meditations on South African history – or, as he would have it, the ‘deleted scenes’. Making use of a range of media – video, sculpture, drawing, installation – his richly allusive pieces often refer to the schoolroom, apartheid, incapacity, and protest. Since Wa Lehulere began showing his work – initially as part of collectives – he has exhibited widely, and had his first US museum show at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. He is Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year for 2017 and was shortlisted for this year’s Future Generation Art Prize.

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