Biography

JP Hanekom (South African, b. 1989) is avisual artist and fine art photographer. He currently lives and works inJohannesburg, South Africa.

Hanekom obtained a Higher Certificate inProfessional Photography from Vega (2009) and a degree in BA Visual Studiesfrom University of Pretoria (2013). In 2008, he was awarded die SonyProfoto Student Portfolio of the year and received the SonyProfoto Silver award for professional portfolio in 2009.

In his career as a contemporary artist,Hanekom has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including VoicesAgainst Xenophobia (2015) (curated and organized by Suen Muller, GawieJoubert, and Vanessa Snyders) and B/order (2016) (curated byColin Groenewald) at Lizamore & Associates in Johannesburg. Hanekom wasalso 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 alternativephotographic processes, memory and the mundane. He works primarily with foundobjects and treats ready-made images as objects that he re-works. The outcomeof his art-making is the result of a process driven technique where heblatantly exaggerates aspects inherent in different photographic processes. Hemasterfully uses these exaggerations to frame the aesthetic and compositionalstrength of the works whilst underpinning the conceptual threads that areintertwined in his works.

 

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