Thero Makepe is an artist and photographer born and raised in Gaborone, Botswana currently working in between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Gaborone. At present, his work uses sculpture, photography and sound art as a means of exploring themes of childhood, memory and his multidimensional experience as an African male. He is particularly interested in the grey area between collective and personal memory as well as reality and imagination.
Makepe’s work is informed by past and present narratives related to his upbringing and lived experiences in Botswana and South Africa. Wavering between photographing handmade dioramas and existing landscapes, his body of work contains images that evoke anxiety, tragedy and fatality, whereas others reflect calmness, light and eternal rest.
He recently completed his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with distinction at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. In 2019 he was awarded the Tierney Fellowship for the Michaelis School of Fine Arts in partnership with the Tierney Fellowship Foundation.
Residence: Cape Town, Johannesburg and Gaborone