Rangoato Hlasane

Field of Practice:

Societal/Communal-based Work


Solitude fellowship

City, Country:

Johannesburg, South Africa


2022, 2023

Born in Polokwane/South Africa in 1981.

Rangoato Hlasane lives and works in Johannesburg/South Africa. He is co-founder and co-director (2008–) of Keleketla! Library (Vera List Prize in Art and Politics, 2014 ) and lecturer in Fine Art, University of the Witwatersrand, Wits School of Arts (2013–). He graduated cum laude with a MA in Fine Arts from the University of Johannesburg (2008-2011) and is a PhD candidate in African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. Rangoato is an active member of the ARAC (Another Roadmap for Arts Education Africa Cluster).

Selected chapter and journal contributions include Bigger Than the Tick-Box: Defining Interdisciplinary Art/s Education to Funders in South Africa in »Creating Spaces: Non-formal Art/s Education and Vocational Training for Artists in Africa Between Cultural Policies and Cultural Funding« (Contact Zones Nairobi, 2014) by Nicola Laure El Samarai and Not your Typical Library: We Believe a Library is Everything in »Revista Mesa No. 3: Publicness in Art«, (Instituto Mesa, May 2015).

In 2018, as part of Keleketla! Library, he co-led a collaborative expansive exhibition, a two-night concert of Thath’i Cover Okestra Vol. 5, a club night seminar, a gatefold vinyl and an education program titled »17 July to 12 September 1977. Lebo Mathosa is born. Steve Biko is assassinated« as part of the 10th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art at HAU2 & Club YAAM, Berlin/Germany. This was followed by the cultural production and transcontinental studio album Keleketla! by Ahead Of Our Times, London in 2020, highlighted in the New York Times’ »Critics Pick« and the Financial Times among many other platforms.