20th March 2024

S04 E04: ‘The Gallery’ with Lerato Bereng and Banele Khoza

Art conversations in South Africa

In this episode, Banele Khoza and Lerato Bereng share their insights into the world of galleries, focusing on Banele’s unique approach at BKHZ and the collaborative relationship between galleries and artists. Banele sheds light on BKHZ’s innovative strategy, allowing artists to take the lead in directing their shows, resulting in a vibrant and ever-evolving gallery space. The conversation explores the warm and personal engagement fostered at BKHZ, emphasising the human connection that accompanies the growth of both the gallery and the artists it collaborates with. 

Lerato’s extensive background in the arts positions her as a valuable voice in the discussion on the gallerist-artist relationship, emphasizing Stevenson’s commitment to guiding and supporting artists in realizing their visions. The conversation delves into the collaborative problem-solving nature of this partnership, highlighting instances where the gallery creatively addressed unique challenges faced by artists, fostering a sense of camaraderie. The dialogue also explores the symbiotic relationship between galleries and artists, celebrating the joy, laughter, and shared accomplishments that come from working closely with artists. The segment concludes with a thoughtful discussion on audience engagement and the intentional efforts made by galleries to create inclusive spaces, dispelling the notion of galleries as inaccessible and intimidating.

Biographies

Lerato Bereng was born in Maseru, Lesotho and lives and works in Johannesburg. She is a director and partner at Stevenson, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Amsterdam. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Masters of Fine Art majoring in curating from Rhodes University, Makhanda. Curated projects include How to make a Country, at FRAC Poitou-Charentes, France (2021); Conversations at Morija (Maeder House, Morija, Lesotho 2017; 2015; 2013); SEX,  Stevenson Johannesburg (2016); Simon Gush: Nine O’Clock, the National Arts Festival, Makhanda(2015); Out of Thin Air (Cape Town, 2012) and Featuring Simplicity as an irrational fear (Cape Town, 2010). From 2008 to 2009 Bereng took part in CAPE Africa Platform’s Young Curator’s Programme for which she curated Thank You Driver, as part of the Cape ‘09 Biennale.

Banele Khoza Lives and works in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa. Banele Khoza is a South African-based visual artist. He enrolled at the London International School of Fashion in Johannesburg, but soon realised his passion was drawing and ended up earning a BTech in Fine Arts from Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. In 2017 he won the prestigious Gerard Sekoto Award and with it a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. In 2022 he completed a residency at Ampersand (NYC). His recent solo exhibitions include How are you doing? (2023, BKhz, ZA), From South Africa (Dear Diary) (2022, kunsthaus göttingen, DE), Be-Pression (2022, Nil Gallery, FR), 27 (BKhz, ZA) and It’s always been you (2021, Uitstalling Art Gallery, BE), among others. In 2019 his solo exhibition Seeking Love toured South African institutions across Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch and Potchefstroom. Khoza also headlined the solo exhibition titled LGBTQI+: Banele Khoza as part of the Curatorial Lab at Zeitz MOCAA (2018, ZA).

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