“In creating my work, I become a part of a movement that’s laying down bricks to build a wall representing women, non-binary people and the issues we’re facing.”
Lebo Thoka was born in Johannesburg, South Africa where still currently lives and works.
Lebo is a photography graduate from the Open Window Institute in Pretoria. During her final year of study, in which she was mostly studying commercial photography, she stumbled across fine art photography and created her first art series.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”. Her work is mainly influenced by being a Feminist and covers topics such as femicide in South Africa, navigating South Africa as a black woman, as well as the black female existence in proximity to topics such as religion, history vs present day etc.