Lerato Nkosi ( b. 1993, Mpumalanga, South Africa; lives and works in Johannesburg ).
Drawing from her experiences as a young girl growing up in a sheltered world that was created for her by her predecessors, she has developed a dynamic practice that examines the intricacies of existing in the world as a woman with the awareness that the teachings are impacting and affecting her existence.
Her work employs ink and stamps as a vital, organic, multifaceted material. For Nkosi ink and stamps are mediums that stain and certify with their contact on any surface, these materials arethose that never leave a surface the same after being in contact with it. The stamp and ink is always used to verify and ordain documents of importance which grants the holder automatic approval to the decision of others, this process is always handled by an individual of authority.
The teachings of parents onto the girl child is embedded in and never leaves her the same as she previously was, with the ideas that whatsoever has been stamped and inked upon her is approved. The medium tempers heavier subjects that are faced in societies regarding the expectations of a woman. Investigating the medium allows Nkosi to overcome her daily conundrums and escape the victim mentality
Lerato Nkosi is the winner of the inaugural ANNA Award. The aim of the award is to discover, recognise and nurture a new generation of women-identifying artists from the African continent and the diaspora.