In reflecting on this body of work, Emeka Okereke writes on Instagram:
“I find this series enigmatically powerful. I appreciate the artist’s uncomplicated use of the photographic medium in the bridging of the past and present without closing off the space lost to imperceptible, ungraspable emotions – all of which reinforces the intimacy we can only sense but not necessarily understand.I find myself dwelling on the ambiguous duality captured in this work – reminiscent of the spiritual concept of the holy trinity, but in this case, between a daughter and mother.Yet, I am reminded of the concept of duality, of dependability, of invisibility in the worldview of the Igbo people: where one thing stands, something else stands beside it.”
This statement became the prompt to reach out to Lebohang and expound on these strands of thoughts, which is this podcast episode.
Listen to Lebohang Kganye as she us through some of the thought processes behind the work. In the conversation, she asserts:
More than anything, the work also provides a space for therapy and for healing.
As much as it is about loss, it is also about celebration.
In that navigation of guilt [of loss] is also a celebration of a person.
Listen to the full episode on nkatapodcast.com. Also available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Deezer, Google Podcast and over ten other podcast platforms. Follow the podcast on these platforms to get notified when new episodes go live.
Use the time stamps to navigate to parts of the podcast. Also, listen to the podcast alongside Lebohang Kganye’s website: https://www.lebohangkganye.co.za/
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Host: Emeka Okereke (Barcelona)
Guest: Lebohang Kganye (Johannesburg)
Production: E.O Multimedia LTD.
Art works: Lebohang Kganye
Supported by Stiftung Kunstfonds Germany
Created during the Research Residency Program at The Over | Pol & Grace Barcelona
EP12: Memory, Performance, Healing and Celebration in the Photographic works of Lebohang Kganye. – Nkata