Lemaoana, Lawrence
Born 1982 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa
Lawrence Lemaoana is a Johannesburg-based artist, producing graphic fabric works that critically engage with mass media in present-day South Africa. Seeing the relationship between media and the ‘people’ as inherently problematic, he identifies and repurposes existing control apparatuses using his trademark cynicism. Lemaoana’s embroidered works are emblazoned with appropriated political dictums woven in kanga fabric – a material with its own complex ancestry. Here, Lemaoana wages criticism on the agency of local media, and its ability to shape social consciousness: the result turns didactic and propagandistic tools on their head. Lemaoana’s recent exhibitions include Tous, les sang-mêlés, Musée d’art Contemporain du Val de Marne (MAC/VAL), Vitry-sur-Seine (2017); Le Jour qui vient, Galerie des Galeries, Paris (2017); Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2017) and The Art of Disruptions, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2016).
Lawrence Lemaoana, iNyankanyaka, 2017 Cotton embroidery on Textile, 148.5x115cm, Courtesy AFRONOVA GALLERY