Johannesburg artist Kemang Wa Lehulere has won the 2010 MTN New Contemporaries Art Award, beating shortlisted contenders Donna Kukama, Stuart Bird and Mohau Modisakeng.
Kemang wa Lehulere. Don’t steal. Government doesn’t like competition. Paint on wall. 2007
Chuma Sopotela in a performance piece by Mwenya Kabwe, Chuma Sopotela and Kemang Wa Lehulere, U nyamo alunampumlo (the foot has no nose), February 2008, at Spier Contemporary 2007
Kemang Wa Lehulere’s installation Remembering the Future of a Hole as Verb, 2010.
Born in Cape Town in 1984 and currently resident in Johannesburg, where he is completing a BA(FA) at Wits, Wa Lehulere has in the last few years worked in a range fo media (video, print, paint, installation and performance). A former member of Gugulective and current member of the Dead Revolutionaries Club – his bio on the latter’s website states that “he un-ashamedly has BEE aspirations and hopes to be a house ‘Nigger’ one day” – Wa Lehulere recently (August) attended a ten-day workshop at the Paul Klee Centre in Bern, Switzerland, where critic Jan Verwoert supervisied proceedings. Visitors to the blustery opening of Dada South? last December may also remember Wa Lehulere’s performance involving a megaphone, cheese grater and school textbooks.