22 – Lebohang Kganye

South Africa (1990)

Ke sale teng

Lebohang Kganye is part of the new generation of post-apartheid artists. Her work explores the notions of memory and identity via her own collection of photographs. Her Ke sale teng series comprises an animation film and five dioramas, where silhouettes of her family have been cut out as for shadow puppetry. They come to life to tell the story of the everyday reality of a generation the artist hardly knew. In general, family photo albums are a series of snapshots that have been chosen and arranged to construct a partial narrative that will always be incomplete. According to this South African artist, these images go beyond a simple testimony of past events: They are a medium for projecting our own memories and those passed on to us, and also a space for reinventing our own story.