BIOGRAPHY OF LEBO THOKA
Lebo Thoka is a photography graduate from the Open Window Institute in Pretoria. Born and raised in Johannesburg, Thoka has been a freelance photographer since her graduation in 2015.
Thoka is a self-identified feminist whose feminism lends itself to her first body of work: It is well: An Ode to Karabo. It is in this framework of feminist thought that the artist addresses “the complexities of existing as a woman within an overtly violent society that only assigns value to women within the confines of race, class, religion etc”.
Thoka was one of 14 artists to participate in the Bag Factory artists’ studios and Art Source’s Artist Career Boot Camp Programme in 2019. The three-month programme offered emerging artists professional practice training towards building sustainable careers in the industry. The programme closed off with a group exhibition of the participating artists’ works.
The most recent exhibitions she participated in are: Aida Muluneh : Homebound: A journey in photography (2020); Art Bank SA exhibition: Homing in on freedom (2019) – ACBC Bootcamp exhibition at The Bag Factory Studios (2019); Addis Foto Fest in Ethiopia Addis Ababa (2018) and Sunshine Co. Through my Eyes exhibition/competition (2017), a Solo exhibition at the David Krut Gallery (2018) and IMPAC Festival at The Open Window Institute (2017.)