Portraits In Dialogue:South African Contemporary Photography







Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, NY

Ph.D. candidate, Chinese Art history and Archaeology

Fall 2012-present (Jonathan Hay advisor)   

Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, P.R.C.

M.A. Art History, 2011 (Yin Jinan advisor)

Beijing University, Beijing, P.R.C.

Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Chinese Language & Literature

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
B.A. Sociology; East Asian Studies, 2000

Lebohang Kganye


Born in 1990, Lebohang Kganye lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Although primarily a photographer, Lebohang Kganye often incorporates her interest in sculpture, performance, installation and film in her work. She explores fictional history by using archives to merge illusive characters with “real” characters in a new universe. Her work combines the portraits of herself and her family and the historical and social images of South Africa, reflecting the reality while presenting fictional universe.


Kganye received her introduction to photography at the Market Photo Workshop, in Johannesburg, in 2009 and completed the Advanced Photography Programme in 2011. She is currently doing her Masters in Fine Arts at the Witwatersrand University.

Kganye is currently a finalist for the Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize, 2019. She was the recipient of the Camera Austria Award, 2019 and the finalist of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative, 2019. Kganye was the recipient of the Tokyo International Photography Prize, 2019, the Rise Art Prize Global Artist of the Year in 2018, and the Jury Prize at the Bamako Encounters Biennale of African Photography, 2015.

Alice Mann


(b.1991) is a South African photographic artist who’s intimate portraiture essays explore notions of picture making as an act of collaboration. She aims to create images that empower her subjects and creates projects over extended periods, allowing for engaged and nuanced representations.
Her work has been exhibited internationally at Red Hook Labs (NYC), Unseen Photo Fair (Amsterdam), Addis Foto Fest (Addis Ababa), the International Centre of Photography (NYC) and at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (London). Mann’s personal and commissioned work has been published internationally including The Guardian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Artsy, British Vogue, The British Journal of Photography, and National Geographic.
Her award winning series ‘Drummies’ exploring female drum majorette teams in South Africa, has been selected as a winner of the Lensculture emerging photographer prize (2018), the PH Museum Women’s ‘New Generation’ prize for an emerging photographer (2018). Four images from the series were awarded first place at the prestigious Taylor Wessing portraiture prize (2018). Mann was also the recipient of the Grand Prix at the 34th edition of the Hyeres International Festival of Fashion and Photography (2019).