Lebohang Kganye wins 2024 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize

Lebohang Kganye, Mohlokomedi wa Tora (detail), 2018. © Lebohang Kganye. Courtesy the artist

Lebohang Kganye has won the 2024 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize for her exhibition Haufi nyana? I’ve come to take you home. The South African multimedia artist will receive £30,000 for the win. The prize is devoted to artists who have made ‘the most significant contribution to the world of photography’ in a given year.

Kganye won from a shortlist including VALIE EXPORT, Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangadand, and Hrair Sarkissian, who will each receive £5,000. Previous winners of the prize include Samuel Fosso (2023), Deana Lawson (2022) and Cao Fei (2021).

Haufi nyana? I’ve come to take you home, 2023, installation view. © Lebohang Kganye. Courtesy the artist

Her exhibition features life-sized cutouts of her family from family photographs to consider notions of home, belonging, heritage and identity. In a statement, Clare Grafik, Acting Director of The Photographers’ Gallery said, ‘We are delighted to announce Lebohang Kganye as the winner of the 2024 Prize. Her innovative use of photography brings together past and present to explore the political through deeply personal stories of her own family and history. Sometimes theatrical, always experimental, her use of photography and her own archives is powerful and refreshing.’

Kganye features in an exhibition dedicated to the four shortlisted artists, on view at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, through 2 June.

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