Kemang Wa Lehulere

Painter

The Gugulective is a troupe of visual artists whose spiritual base is in Kwa Mlamli in Gugulethu, Cape Town. From this shebeen, close to the mainstream narratives, they questioned and intervened, looking for the past in the present, with edgy work and acidic commentary. The collective � now based at Dumalisile Arts Centre � was co-founded by Themba Tsotsi, unathi Sigenu and Kemang Wa Lehulere, who were later joined by Khanyisile Mbongwa, Ziphozenkosi Dayile and Athi-Mongezeleli Joja. But Wa Lehulere, who works in multimedia drawings, painting and live performance art to interrogate identity, masculinity, and both written and oral histories, is now based in Johannesburg, where he is studying fine art at Wits university. Though he is viewed by some as shy, Wa Lehulere has some gregarious tendencies and is a member of the Dead Revolutionaries Club, an artists' collective based in Johannesburg. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions including Amajita in Conversation and Scratching the Surface Volume 1, in Cape Town, A Legacy of Men and US, in Johannesburg, and Identity an Imagined State, in Lagos, and has performed in South Africa and Germany. His work has also been on exhibition at Today Art Museum in Beijing, the CAS Zuidas in Amsterdam and at the ARCO Madrid Art Fair. � Percy Zvomuya

Lunch spot: Lola's, Long Street, Cape Town