Kemang Wa Lehulere

Muholi and Wa Lehulere in Venice

Zanele Muholi and Kemang Wa Lehulere are among the artists who will participate in the 58th Venice Biennale's main exhibition, May You Live in Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff and highlighting 'a view of art’s social function as embracing both pleasure and critical thinking'.

Gaba and Wa Lehulere at the 14th Sharjah Biennial

Meschac Gaba and Kemang Wa Lehulere are included in the 14th Sharjah Biennale themed Leaving the Echo Chamber. This edition is organised as three unique exhibitions curated by Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons.

Kemang Wa Lehulere at the Chicago Architecture Biennial in Johannesburg

Kemang Wa Lehulere features in a series of roundtable discussions on 'architecture and memory in contested spaces as they relate to practices of remembering/forgetting'. This forms part of the research initiatives for the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial in partnership with the School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.

Hacer Noche in Oaxaca, Mexico

Jo Ractliffe, Penny Siopis, Pieter Hugo, Steven Cohen, Nicholas Hlobo, Moshekwa Langa, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Zanele Muholi, Simphiwe Ndzube, Robin Rhode and Portia Zvavahera feature in Hacer Noche (Crossing Night), a series of exhibitions and residencies in Oaxaca focusing on southern Africa.

Kemang Wa Lehulere first solo at Marian Goodman
Kemang Wa Lehulere opens not even the departed stay grounded at Marian Goodman Gallery. The show includes a new group of sculptural objects and drawings, many of which build on I cut my skin to liberate the splinter, a multi-element performance piece which premiered at Performa 17.
Wa Lehulere and Toguo at the Braunsfelder Family Collection.

Barthélémy Toguo and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in Jeepers Creepers, a group exhibition curated by Behrang Karimi at the Braunsfelder Family Collection.

Various artists in Sculpture at the ICAIO

Wim Botha, Nicholas Hlobo, Nandipha Mntambo and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in Sculpture at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean. This group exhibition is framed as 'a didactic show that explores the numerous ways in which artists are challenging the traditions of sculpture'.

Various artists at the 11th Bienal do Mercosul
Zanele MuholiMame-Diarra NiangViviane Sassen and Kemang Wa Lehulere are included in the 11th Mercosul Biennial. This year's iteration is curated by Alfons Hug and Paula Borghi and 'aims to take a look at the triangle that has been linking the destinations of America, Africa and Europe for more than 500 years'.
Various artists in More for less at A4

Edson Chagas, Meschac Gaba, Jo RactliffeViviane Sassen and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in More for Less at A4. Curated by Josh Ginsburg, the exhibition is focused on 'works and practices that fluidly seek to engage entropy and efficiency, waste, residue and offcuts, transactions, propositions, and serious play'.

Kemang Wa Lehulere at Pasquart Art Centre
Kemang Wa Lehulere's Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year exhibition, Bird Song, travels to Pasquart Art Centre in Biel, Switzerland. The exhibition has previously shown in Berlin and Rome.
Mawande Ka Zenzile and Kemang Wa Lehulere at Amsersfoort
Mawande Ka Zenzile and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in Tell Freedom. 15 South African Artists. This exhibition focuses on 'young artists who immerse themselves in the history, present and future of South Africa in a global context'.

Wa Lehulere wins Performa award

Kemang Wa Lehulere has won the Malcolm McLaren Award presented by Performa in recognition of artists who stage 'an innovative and thought-provoking performance' during the New York-based biennial. Wa Lehulere received the prize for his work I Cut My Skin to Liberate the Splinter.

Various artists at Performa 17

Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi and Kemang Wa Lehulere are taking part in Performa 17, the seventh edition of the New York based performance biennial. The South African Pavilion without Walls features artists who have developed 'deeply personal and individual vocabularies in the post-apartheid era'.

Wa Lehulere's Bird Song in Rome

Kemang Wa Lehulere's Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year exhibition, Bird Song, travels to Rome’s MAXXI museum from 27 September to 26 November. In January 2018 the exhibition will move to Kunsthaus Centre d'art Pasquart in Switzerland.

Kemang Wa Lehulere at MEWO Kunsthalle

Kemang Wa Lehulere exhibits in Buried in the Mix at MEWO Kunsthalle. This group show presents songs, soundtracks, club music, music videos and field recordings as statements that question, disorient and reconstitute the cultural memory and historical processes of the diaspora.

Kemang Wa Lehulere at the 15th Istanbul Biennial

Kemang Wa Lehulere features in the 15th Istanbul Biennial. Themed a good neighbour and curated by Elmgreen & Dragset, this iteration of the biennial questioned different notions of home, belonging and neighborhood.

A4 Arts Foundation opens

Ziphozenkosi Dayile and Kemang Wa Lehulere have curated the inaugural exhibition at A4 Arts Foundation, You and I, which includes work by, among others, Zanele Muholi, Moshekwa Langa and Meschac Gaba

Mawande Ka Zenzile and Kemang Wa Lehulere at Michaelis Galleries

Mawande Ka Zenzile and Kemang Wa Lehulere are included in Looking After Freedom at the Michaelis Galleries. The exhibition seeks to 'give visibility to artistic practices that escape the grasp of art history - where it is located, how, by whom, and for what reasons'.

Focus on Africa at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier features Nicholas HloboJane Alexander, Moshekwa Langa, Zanele Muholi, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Bogosi Sekhukhuni on Being There, South Africa; Barthélémy Toguo on The Insiders; and Robin Rhode and Meleko Mokgosi as part of the Louis Vuitton collection.

'Artist of the Year'

Kemang Wa Lehulere is Deutsche Bank's Artist of the Year for 2017, with a solo exhibition titled Bird Song at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, accompanied by a new monograph. Wa Lehulere was also shortlisted for the 2017 Future Generation Art Prize.

Wa Lehulere's first US museum show

Kemang Wa Lehulere is currently showing at the Art Institute of Chicago. In All My Wildest Dreams is the first solo American museum show devoted to the artist's work. The exhibition runs until 16 January. Read the New York Times profile here.

SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul

Kemang Wa Lehulere and Zanele Muholi were participants in the ninth edition of SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, curated by Beck Jee-sook under the title NERIRI KIRURU HARARA (derived from a line of the poem Two Billion Light Years of Solitude by Shuntaro Tanikawa).

Dak'art 2016

Simon GushNandipha MntamboBogosi Sekhukhuni and Kemang Wa Lehulere had work on the International Exhibition of the 12th edition of Dak’art, the Dakar Biennale, curated by Simon Njami. See Contemporary And for coverage of the biennale.

EVA International

Kemang Wa Lehulere was one of 57 artists to exhibit in EVA International - Ireland's biennial of contemporary art - titled Still (the) Barbarians and curated by Koyo Kouoh.

 I Love You Sugar Kane
Ian Grose, Simon Gush, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Zanele Muholi, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Deborah Poynton, Penny Siopis, Mawande Ka Zenzile and Portia Zvavahera were included in I Love You Sugar Kane, curated by Zasha Colah, at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Mauritius.