Lebohang Motaung

Artist

Who Is Lebohang?

A BTech in Fine Arts, printmaking major from the Vaal University of Technology, this young lady from the Vaal Sebokeng has established herself as an emerging artist.

Following was a certificate of excellence in printmaking at Artist Proof Studios (2015) in Johannesburg Lebohang Motaung’s art career took an accelerative turn through local and international opportunities that came her way. In 2015 Lebohang took up a four-month residency at The School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA where she learned advanced intaglio techniques and contributed as an assistant teacher to The School’s programme. In 2018, she took up an 8 month residency at The Project Space and was fortunate enough to also have had the legendary late Benon Lutaaya as her mentor. Her exposure to established artist mentorship both locally and abroad have contributed to her very unique artistic style.

She champions identity preservation of women in the politics of hair, through her unique medium of synthetic hair. Lebohang’s work calls for women to remain unchanged and unshaken by the judgement of how they wear their hair. As a black woman herself she is informed by her own experiences with her hair; navigating the politics of black hair by observing tradition, bond, conversation and pressures which she herself has had to deal with.

Latest work

Experience

Exhibitions

Turbine from 2014 to 2019
FNB Joburg Art Fair 2016 2019,
Black Hair Matters at Eyethu Art Space in Soweto (2018)
A Flagrant Arcade: Contemporary Art as part of Art Africa Fair in Cape Town, (2016).
In 2016, she was part of the Top 100 artists for the ABSA L’aterlier annual art competition.
Twenty: Art in times of Democracy at the Turchin Centre
Appalachian State University, North Carolina (2014-2015)
SMFA Art Sale, Boston, USA(2015) A recipient of commissions
Lebohang coordinated a Human Rights Mural in Johannesburg (2014)
The Zazi Campaign Bill Board Designing that promoted an awareness and use of contraceptives by young girls (2014)
Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) Research project on Cosmo City (2015)
Mural project for the Johannesburg Hollard building (2016).