JP Hanekom (South African, b. 1989) is a visual artist and fine art photographer. He currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Hanekom obtained a Higher Certificate inProfessional Photography from Vega (2009) and a degree in BA Visual Studies from University of Pretoria (2013). In 2008, he was awarded die Sony Profoto Student Portfolio of the year and received the Sony Profoto Silver award for professional portfolio in 2009.
In his career as a contemporary artist, Hanekom has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Voices Against Xenophobia (2015) (curated and organized by Suen Muller, Gawie Joubert, and Vanessa Snyders) and B/order (2016) (curated byColin Groenewald) at Lizamore & Associates in Johannesburg. Hanekom was also selected as one of the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Award Top 15 (2016)and his work was shown at the 2017 Turbine Art Fair by Res Gallery.
Hanekom’s work is concerned with alternative photographic processes, memory and the mundane. He works primarily with found objects and treats ready-made images as objects that he re-works. The outcome of his art-making is the result of a process driven technique where he blatantly exaggerates aspects inherent in different photographic processes. He masterfully uses these exaggerations to frame the aesthetic and compositional strength of the works whilst underpinning the conceptual threads that are intertwined in his works.