Balekane Legoabe

Balekane Legoabe

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Balekane Legoabe (b.1995) is a visual artist, curator, illustrator and animator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She specializes in mixed media collage working both digitally and traditionally. She matriculated from The National School of the Arts in 2013, having specialised in Visual Arts. She then went on to study at The Open Window Institute from 2014 – 2018. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication with a specialisation in Illustration, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Film Arts specialising in Motion Design and StopMotion and puppetry. In 2019 Balekane had her work showcased at the urbine Art Fair as well as the FNB Jo’burg Art Fair. In the same year she was the recipient of the StateoftheART Gallery Award. In June of 2020 she had her first solo exhibition with StateoftheART Gallery titled “What it feels like to be in Water”. In terms of theme, her work explores the concept of liminality in relation to emotional states. With regards to subject matter, she gravitates toward the use of organic objects, specifically plants, animals and human
figures stating that these elements are living and breathing, thus we feel a stronger connection to them. She desires that her work create a visceral experience that encourages and propels viewers to tap into the complexity and obscurity of the emotions that they feel and recognise that they exist within a liminal space.

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