Lawrence Lemaoana

Lawrence Lemaoana

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Born in Johannesburg in 1982. Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Lawrence Lemaoana critically engages with mass media in present-day South Africa. Seeing the relationship between media and the ‘people’ as inherently problematic, he identifies and repurposes existing control apparatuses using his trademark cynicism. Lemaoana’s embroidered works are emblazoned with appropriated political dictums woven in kanga fabric – a material with its own complex ancestry. Here, Lemaoana wages criticism on the agency of local media, and its ability to shape social consciousness: the result turns didactic and propagandistic tools on their head.

Lemaoana’s recent exhibitions include Tous des sang-mêlés, Musée d’art Contemporain du Val de Marne (MAC/VAL), ParisLe Jour qui vient, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, Being There, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, The Art of Disruptions, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town…

His work features in prominent local and international collections, including Sindika Dokolo Fondation, Luanda, IZIKO South African National Gallery , Cape Town, Louis Vuitton Fondation, Paris, Lafayette Anticipation, Paris….

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Nationality : South Africa

Textile Contemporary Art

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1982

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Solo exhibitions & presentations

2009

Red Cross Children’s Hospital Auction, Goodman Gallery , Cape Town, South Africa

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2008

Fortune Telling in Black, Red and White, Art Extra, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2008

FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, Art Extra booth, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2007

Positive Show, Gallery Demosniel 89, Paris, France

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2007

Players of Colour, Gallery Demosniel 89, Paris, France

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2007

Hierarchy of colour, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2007

Players of Colours, National Tour of Alliances Francaises in major South African cities

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2007

Impossible Monsters, Art Extra, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2006

Players of Colour, Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2020

Matereality, Iziko National South African Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

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2020

La peur au Ventre, Jerome Poggi Gallery, Paris France

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2019

Yesterday is Today’s Memory, curated by Armelle Dakouo, Espace Commines, Paris, France

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2019

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London, UK

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2019

21 st Anniversary Exhibition of the Ampersand Foundation Awards, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2019

Bunka Kulcha, curated by Ashraf Jamal and Maria Fidel Regueiros, St Johns College, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2019

I was born a Foreigner, les Abattoirs Contemporary Art Program in the Occitan Region, Couvent des Minimes, Perpignan, France

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2019

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Industria, New York, USA

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2018

In This Imperfect Present Moment, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA

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Press & media

Media

2019

Hier est la mémoire d’aujourd’hui à l’espace Commines, Le Tour de l’Art, November 2019

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2019

Expo, Hier est la Mémoire d’Aujourd’hui, Africa Vivre, November 2019

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2020

Searching for a New South African Identity, Exploring Visual Cultures, March 2020

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2020

ARTSKOP3437: Lawrence Lemaoana: Threaded histories, Textual Subversions. Interview by Christa DEE. In Partnership wit 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2020

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Publications & essays

2019

A COMPANION TO FEMINIST ART English Published by John Wiley & Sons 2019

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2019

IDEA #386 English and Japanese Published by Seibundo Shinkosha 2019

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2018

DEVIATIONS French Published by Festival International des Textiles Extra ordinaires 2018

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2017

ART AFRIQUE: BEING THERE French and English Published by Louis Vuitton Fondation 2017

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