Kgaugelo Rakgwale’s work primarily explores black womanhood and the intersection of knowledge and experience by processing the influence socio-cultural factors have on identity. Her work moves interchangeably between the various disciplines of photography, experimental filmmaking and digital fine line art, consisting of emotive portraiture.
Since 2020, Rakgwale has focused mainly on grief, disconnection and self-empowerment themes. In her most recent work, she subtly interrogates the process and tradition of bereavement by deconstructing the past and creating a new fiction of reality as a way of channelling restorative healing. Her monochromatic digital fine line work takes a refreshing look at pivotal African cultural references from a woman’s perspective.
A LISOF Commercial Fashion Design Graduate, Rakgwale formed part of Design Indaba’s 2018 Class of Emerging Creatives, ; State of The Art Gallery Award 2018 top 40 and Absa L’Atelier 2018 top 100, with works exhibiting at Turbine Art Fair TAF Paper, and Forme Femine Art Diaspora Dial