Lebo Thoka is a photography graduate from the Open Window Institute in Pretoria. Born and raised in Johannesburg, Thoka has been a freelance photographer for 3 years.
Thoka is a self-identified feminist whose feminism lends itself to her first body of work; It is well: An Ode to Karabo. It is in this framework of feminist thought that the artist addresses “the complexities of existing as a woman within an overtly violent society that only assigns value to women within the confines of race, class, religion etc”. The series of 9 images was first shown at David Krut project’s Blue House bookstore and gallery in 2018. The series has since shown in 2018’s 5th edition of Addis Foto Fest.
Thoka was one of 14 artists to participate in the Bag Factory artists’ studios’ and Art Source’s Artist Career Boot Camp Programme in 2019. The three-month programme offered emerging artists professional practice training towards building sustainable careers in industry. The programme closed off with an group exhibition of the participating artists’ works.