Proceedings of The 5th Global Conference on Women’s Studies
Generations of Time: Photography, Photomontage and the Archive in Lebohang Kgayne’s Ke Lefa Laka
This article focuses on South African artist Lebohang Kganye’s series, Ke Lefa Laka (2012), as a case study to explore the use of photography and photomontages as a methodological approach to constructing family archives. Kganye, (1990 – ), is a young woman of colour whose oeuvre, while, essentially personal to her and her family, has political and social aspects that are firmly grounded in apartheid South Africa. Ke Lefa Laka translates from Sotho as “It’s my heritage”. Kganye forms a visual autoethnography to create and recreate moments of her family history. Producing a narrative between herself and her late grandfather and late mother. This article explores the ways in which Kganye deals with memory in a visceral manner, using snapshots in time to form cardboard cut-out dioramas of experience. Kganye uses her agency to explore the concretisation photography and photomontages offer to intangible memories.
keywords: eArtist, family history, materialism, woman