After a rigorous selection process, Lesego Seoketsa, has been announced as this year’s selected Orms Circle Mentorship Programme’s artist.
Launched in 2019, the Orms Circle Mentorship Programme aims to give women-identifying artists stronger industry visibility, the support of expert mentorship and the added benefit of extending their professional network.
Seoketsa is a 25 year old multidisciplinary artist living in Springs, Gauteng.
Working in photography, collage, painting and garment construction, Seoketsa’s work is a reflection of and exploration of the experiences of black women.
During the programme, Lesego hopes to realise a body of work that centres on issues of land ownership, the autonomy of women within farming communities, and the interrogation of the economic freedoms that women are afforded, or denied, within these spaces.
As the selected Orms Circle mentee for 2020, Lesego will also learn essential technical skills to enrich her final body of work for the solo exhibition, marketing exposure, and personalised consultations with communications expert, Tziona Kerton, and Art Law expert, Toby Orford.
Lesego told Orms: “I’ve come to the acceptance that my work is sometimes a labyrinth of topics that intertwine and might not be palatable to someone outside of myself. I have also understood that I cannot stop the communication of my thoughts – through art – because of the fear of being misunderstood.”
Lauren Theunissen, Photographic Department Lecturer and Exhibition Curator at Orms Cape Town School of Photography, said: “The choice to work with Lesego was unanimous – granted, the decision was not an easy one to make with an impressive amount of quality entries. Lesego made a strong impression on the entire panel with the multi-disciplinary experimentations through which she processes her well-defined conceptual concerns.”