Billie Zangewa

Artist Billie Zangewa (right) worked in the fashion and advertising world before focusing full-time on her art. Drawing on her knowledge of textiles and design, she incorporates these elements into her delicate tapestries. Her work has been shown in exhibitions across the continent and abroad. In 2004, she won the Most Stylish Person in South Africa award and the prestigious Absa L’atelier Gerard Sekoto award. Lebohang Kganye, 25, is a multidisciplinary artist from Katlehong. Zangewa first came across her work in the inaugural issue of the city guide Jozi Jolz.

Billie Zangewa Photo Gallery

Zangewa describes Kganye’s work as ‘striking’, in the way that she layers her photography into flat cutouts which give the impression of a collage. Inserting herself into the cut-out scene she gives the photographic images a performance element. ‘Her approach to photography is a unique perspective. In telling her story and exploring identity, she is encouraging others to do the same; knowing one’s self is crucial,’ says Zangewa.

In 2012, Kganye was the recipient of the Tierney Fellowship Award, which led to her solo exhibition Ke Lefa Laka at the Market Photo Workshop Gallery in Joburg. She also created an animation from the Ke Lefa Laka series, which was shown in Scotland on Nelson Mandela Day last year. WORDS FOR THE YOUNG STAR ‘I don’t know that she needs any advice. She’s doing really well on her own. However, I would say that it’s important to stay true to yourself, but this goes for all of us.’

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