The Deutsche Börse Prize 2024 in Lebohang Kganye

Thursday May 16, South African Lebohang Kganye received the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation 2024 prize during a ceremony at the Photographers’ Gallery (London), a partner of the event for 20 years. This award recognizes a project that has made a contribution to international contemporary photography over the past 12 months. Lebohang Kganye was recognized for her exhibition entitled “Haufi nyana? I’ve come to take you home” scheduled at Foam (Amsterdam) from February 17 to May 21, 2023. Born in 1990, the artist was nominated by a jury of international experts chaired by Clare Grafik (The Photographers’ Gallery) and including Rahaab Allana (Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi), Quentin Bajac (Jeu de Paume), Anne-Marie Beckmann (Deutsche Börse Photography Fondation) and Laura El-Tantawy, documentary photographer. Lebohang Kganye was chosen from three finalists: VALIE EXPORT, the duo Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad, and Hrair Sarkissian. The winner receives 30,000 pounds (35,000 euros) and the finalists 5,000 pounds (5,830 euros). The exhibition currently bringing them together at the Photographers’ Gallery (until June 2, 2024) will then be presented at the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation in Eschborn/Frankfurt (from June 13 to September 22, 2024). Lebohang Kganye, who grew up in post-apartheid Johannesburg, draws inspiration from his personal history, questioning the notion of cultural heritage. It addresses questions of heritage and identity, as well as memory and transmission by combining photography, sculpture, performance, theater and moving image. Combining archives, photo albums and fiction, his work goes beyond the simple framework of the intimate to acquire a universal dimension.

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© Lebohang Kganye/Courtesy of the artist.
© Lebohang Kganye/Courtesy of the artist.
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