Dithoto Ke Lefa La Ba Bohlale


Lawrence Lemaona’s work is based on an analysis of the role played by the media in South Africa. The artist questions the reality of their power: didactic tool or instrument of propaganda? Borrowing from the language of slogans for their effectiveness and signifying power, he embroiders satirical texts on pieces of traditional fabric. By using Kanga fabrics, charged with history and spiritual and religious connotations, the artist reinforces the critical and transgressive charge of his visually seductive works. Through the play of misappropriation and humour, he exposes the norms imposed by the media and reveals their impact on the psyche and daily life of people.

curators        Florent Basiletti, Emilie Demon
partner         Afronova Gallery