Kitso Lynn Lelliott
Kitso Lelliott is an artist and filmmaker based in Johannesburg South Africa, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and a Masters in Film and Television from The University of the Witwatersrand. She has recently completed her PhD, which is concerned with narratives of and enunciations from spaces of elision. Lelliot is preoccupied with enunciations from spaces beyond epistemic power and the crisis such epistemically disobedient articulations cause to hegemony. The artist works through creative practice as a site of theoretical enquiry in a practice couched in decolonial theory. She considers epistemic violence as the basis on which other manifestations of violence are predicated and interrogate the ways in which knowledge produced by certain kinds of bodies being privileged plays into the ways gendered and racialised enunciations are elided. Lelliot's work has shown at film festivals and exhibited in galleries and museum shows around the world, including the Robert Flaherty Seminar, the Africa in Motion film festival, Cine Sud festival, Tri- Continental FF, Next Reel FF, the Uganda Museum, Galerija101 Lithuania, the Iwalewahaus Bayreuth, Tiwani contemporary, the Goethe on Main, the Cape Coast castle in Ghana, Nubuke Foundation gallery in Accra and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. I participated in the Durban Talent Campus and the Berlinale Talents and am an alumna of the CCA Lagos Asiko art school residency at the 2014 Dak’Art Biennale. She was named as one of the Mail and Guardian’s 2014 leading 200 young South Africans, was laureate of the 2015 Visas pour la création grant awarded by the French Institute. Lelliot exhibited in the Bamako Encounters 2015, ‘Seven Hills’ Kampala Biennale in 2016, the Casablanca Biennale 2016 and the 2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale in 2017. She was laureate of the 2017 Iwalewahaus art award and had work featured in “Acts of Passage” with Te Tuhi contemporary art space during the Auckland Art Fair 2018
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