From the Series- Ikgethe, Kgotso Selomah 2021
Lebogang Tlhako is a photographer from Katlehong, Johannesburg. She is an alumni of the Market Photo Workshop, and is currently part of the mentorship programme at Through the Lens Collective. Tlhako’s work has been featured at Iziko Museum, Unseen Amsterdam Photo Fair, Nice Magazine and Underline Projects. In 2020, she was part of Lampost Luminaries, a programme aimed at fast-tracking African womxn photographers and videographers. In 2021 Tlhako showcased Sibadala Sibancane a solo exhibition curated by Fulufhelo Mobadi for Les Recontres De La Photographie, at Arles France.
Lebogang Tlhako’s series Sibadala Sibancane — which means, “we are old, we are young” — is an intimate portrayal of these themes. Sibadala Sibancane is a collection of photographs which speak about her relationship with her mother and how it has influenced and shaped her growth as a young woman. Her work is reminiscent of the era of photo albums, made popular as part of middle-class femininity. Tlhako recalls the nostalgia in album making by creating collages that layer images from her mother’s photo albums with cut- outs consisting of portraits of young children and landscapes from her community and environment.