Kemang Wa Lehulere features in a series of roundtable discussions on 'architecture and memory in contested spaces as they relate to practices of remembering/forgetting'. This forms part of the research initiatives for the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial in partnership with the School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.
Jo Ractliffe, Penny Siopis, Pieter Hugo, Steven Cohen, Nicholas Hlobo, Moshekwa Langa, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Zanele Muholi, Simphiwe Ndzube, Robin Rhode and Portia Zvavahera feature in Hacer Noche (Crossing Night), a series of exhibitions and residencies in Oaxaca focusing on southern Africa.
Barthélémy Toguo and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in Jeepers Creepers, a group exhibition curated by Behrang Karimi at the Braunsfelder Family Collection.
Wim Botha, Nicholas Hlobo, Nandipha Mntambo and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in Sculpture at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean. This group exhibition is framed as 'a didactic show that explores the numerous ways in which artists are challenging the traditions of sculpture'.
Edson Chagas, Meschac Gaba, Jo Ractliffe, Viviane Sassen and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in More for Less at A4. Curated by Josh Ginsburg, the exhibition is focused on 'works and practices that fluidly seek to engage entropy and efficiency, waste, residue and offcuts, transactions, propositions, and serious play'.
Kemang Wa Lehulere has won the Malcolm McLaren Award presented by Performa in recognition of artists who stage 'an innovative and thought-provoking performance' during the New York-based biennial. Wa Lehulere received the prize for his work I Cut My Skin to Liberate the Splinter.
Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi and Kemang Wa Lehulere are taking part in Performa 17, the seventh edition of the New York based performance biennial. The South African Pavilion without Walls features artists who have developed 'deeply personal and individual vocabularies in the post-apartheid era'.
Kemang Wa Lehulere's Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year exhibition, Bird Song, travels to Rome’s MAXXI museum from 27 September to 26 November. In January 2018 the exhibition will move to Kunsthaus Centre d'art Pasquart in Switzerland.
Kemang Wa Lehulere exhibits in Buried in the Mix at MEWO Kunsthalle. This group show presents songs, soundtracks, club music, music videos and field recordings as statements that question, disorient and reconstitute the cultural memory and historical processes of the diaspora.
Kemang Wa Lehulere features in the 15th Istanbul Biennial. Themed a good neighbour and curated by Elmgreen & Dragset, this iteration of the biennial questioned different notions of home, belonging and neighborhood.
Ziphozenkosi Dayile and Kemang Wa Lehulere have curated the inaugural exhibition at A4 Arts Foundation, You and I, which includes work by, among others, Zanele Muholi, Moshekwa Langa and Meschac Gaba.
Mawande Ka Zenzile and Kemang Wa Lehulere are included in Looking After Freedom at the Michaelis Galleries. The exhibition seeks to 'give visibility to artistic practices that escape the grasp of art history - where it is located, how, by whom, and for what reasons'.
Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier features Nicholas Hlobo, Jane Alexander, Moshekwa Langa, Zanele Muholi, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Bogosi Sekhukhuni on Being There, South Africa; Barthélémy Toguo on The Insiders; and Robin Rhode and Meleko Mokgosi as part of the Louis Vuitton collection.
Kemang Wa Lehulere is Deutsche Bank's Artist of the Year for 2017, with a solo exhibition titled Bird Song at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, accompanied by a new monograph. Wa Lehulere was also shortlisted for the 2017 Future Generation Art Prize.
Kemang Wa Lehulere is currently showing at the Art Institute of Chicago. In All My Wildest Dreams is the first solo American museum show devoted to the artist's work. The exhibition runs until 16 January. Read the New York Times profile here.
Kemang Wa Lehulere and Zanele Muholi were participants in the ninth edition of SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, curated by Beck Jee-sook under the title NERIRI KIRURU HARARA (derived from a line of the poem Two Billion Light Years of Solitude by Shuntaro Tanikawa).
Simon Gush, Nandipha Mntambo, Bogosi Sekhukhuni and Kemang Wa Lehulere had work on the International Exhibition of the 12th edition of Dak’art, the Dakar Biennale, curated by Simon Njami. See Contemporary And for coverage of the biennale.
Kemang Wa Lehulere was one of 57 artists to exhibit in EVA International - Ireland's biennial of contemporary art - titled Still (the) Barbarians and curated by Koyo Kouoh.