Lebo Thoka (b.1996) is a photographer and artist who was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She attended primary and high schools in Midrand and later studied at the Open Window Institute and graduated with a BA in Visual Communication cum laude, majoring in photography. During her final year of study, in which she was mostly studying commercial photography, she stumbled across fine art photography and created her first art series. She has since had a solo exhibition and hosted a talk with David Krut Gallery. In 2018 she won a Loerie Award. She has been a part of the Addis Foto Fest based in Ethiopia, and has had her work featured in the Washington Post and The New York times online platforms. Her work is mainly influenced by being a Feminist and covers topics such as femicide in South Africa, navigating South Africa as a black woman, as well as the black female existence in proximity to topics such as religion, history vs present day etc.
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