Kemang Wa Lehulere was the winner of the inaugural Spier Contemporary Award in 2007, the MTN New Contemporaries Award in 2010, and the Tollman Award for the Visual Arts in 2012; he was one of two young artists awarded the 15th Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel in 2013, won the first International Tiberius Art Award Dresden in 2014 and was the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Arts in 2015. In 2017 he was Deutsche Bank’s ‘Artist of the Year’, the recipient of the fourth Malcolm McLaren Award and was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize.

Wa Lehulere was a co-founder of the Gugulective (2006), an artist-led collective based in Cape Town, and a founding member of the Center for Historical Reenactments in Johannesburg.

Kemang Wa Lehulere, Image Courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago
Kemang Wa Lehulere
Cape Town, 1984
South Africa

Past Exhibitions

Kemang Wa Lehulere: Not Even the Departed Stay Grounded

Marian Goodman London
13/09/2018 — 20/10/2018

Kemang Wa Lehulere: Bird Song

Kunsthalle Berlin
24/03/2017 — 18/06/2017

My Joburg

La Maison Rouge
20/06/2013 — 22/09/2013

Solo Shows

2018
not even the departed stay grounded, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, UK
Here I am, a concrete man, throwing himself into abstraction, Stevenson, Cape Town, South
Africa
Bird Song, Pasquart Art Centre, Biel, Switzerland

2017
Bird Song, Maxxi, Rome, Italy
Bird Song, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, Germany

2016
In All My Wildest Dreams, Art Institute of Chicago, USA
The knife eats at home, Stevenson Johannesburg, South Africa
History will Break your Heart, Standard Bank Young Artist exhibition, Oliewenhuis Art Museum,
Bloemfontein, South Africa

2015
Sincerely Yours, Gasworks, London, UK
History will Break your Heart, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
Art Museum, Port Elizabeth; Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg; Iziko South African National
Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
To whom it may concern, Stevenson Cape Town, South Africa

2014
Tiberius Art Award, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany
A Conversation with a Homeless Piece of Grass, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

2013
Sleep is for the Gifted, Lombard Freid Gallery, New York, USA

2012
Some Deleted Scenes Too, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011
Thirty Minutes of Amnesia: Act 1, Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009
Ubontsi: Sharp Sharp! Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

Group Shows

2018
9 More Weeks, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jeepers Creepers, Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne, Germany
Both, and, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
Sculpture, Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Mauritius
O Triângulo Atlântico, 11th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil
More For Less, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa
Tell Freedom. 15 South African Artists, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, the Netherlands

2017
The South African Pavilion without Walls, Performa 17, New York, USA
Buried in the Mix, MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany
15th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
The New Parthenon, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
Looking After Freedom, Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Art/ Afrique, le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

2016
NERIRI KIRURU HARARA, 9th SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea
Dak’Art, 12th Dakar Biennale, Senegal
Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International Irish Biennial, Limerick City, Ireland
I Love You Sugar Kane, Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Mauritius

2015
Sightings, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
50/50, New Church Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
Drawing: The Bottom Line, S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium
Edinburgh Arts Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
African Odysseys, Le Brass, Brussels, Belgium
Liberated Subjects: Present Tense, Foundation De 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium

2014
The Grave Step, 8th Berlin Biennale, Germany
Do It, Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town, South Africa
This is not Africa, This is Us, West Den Haag, the Netherlands
Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,
San Francisco, USA
Chroma, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

2013
On the resonance of the literary outcry in the visual arts, Martinique International Biennale
A Sculptural Premise, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Belgium
Museum as Hub: Center for Historical Reenactments: After-after Tears, New Museum, New York, USA

2012
Fiction as Fiction (Or, a Ninth Johannesburg Biennale), Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
If A Tree…, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
Home where? Lombard Freid Projects, New York, USA
Air de Lyon, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Ungovernables – New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York, USA

2011
A Terrible Beauty is Born, 11th Lyon Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
Agter die Berge, 7 Hours, Berlin, Germany

2010
Xenoglossia: A Research Project, Center for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg, South Africa
MTN New Contemporaries Award, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
When Your Lips Are My Ears, Our Bodies Become Radios, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
PASS-AGES: References & Footnotes, Old Pass Law Office, Johannesburg, South Africa
US, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
1 hour of VIDEOart! Galerie Rupert Walser, Munich, Germany
Koma + Ulwaluko: Politics and Poetics of Making Manhood, Polokwane Art Museum, Polokwane,
South Africa
Rotterdam International Film Festival (One Minute Foundation), Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Private Viewing – South African Video Art, D21 Art Space, Leipzig, Germany
X Homes (public art performances), Johannesburg, South Africa

2009
Dada South? Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Bring me a leaf of grass from the edge of the image: Chapter II, Atelierfrankfurt Studios,
Frankfurt, Germany
Bring me a leaf of grass from the edge of the image, Dioptic, Weinheim, Germany
Rites of Fealty /Rites of Passage, Bag Factory, Johannesburg
Identity – An Imagined State, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria
Nothing Ever Changes, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Arte inVisible, ARCO, Madrid, Spain

2008
The Road to Nieu-Bethesda (site-specific project/interventions), Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa
Performing South Africa, Hebbel am Ufer Theatre, Berlin, Germany
Scratching the Surface Vol 1, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa
World One Minutes, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Spier Contemporary 07, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Eskaleni: Spatial Practices, Afrika Cultural Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007
Works on Paper, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
Spier Contemporary 07, Spier Estate, Cape Town, South Africa
A Legacy of Men, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Akuchanywa – Cape 07 fringe, Kwa Mlamli, Gugulethu, South Africa

2006
Amajita in Conversation, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

2005
Women Spaces, Annexe, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Cape Town Country of birth: South Africa Date of birth: 1984 Lives in: Cape Town, Republic of South Africa