Kitso Lynn Lelliott’s practice moves between video installation, film and writing. She is preoccupied with enunciations from spaces beyond epistemic power and the crisis such epistemically disobedient articulations cause to hegemony. Her work interrogates the ‘real’ as it is shaped through contesting epistemologies, their narratives and the form these took over the Atlantic during the formative episode that shaped the modern age. Her work is an enactment of enunciating from elision and between historically subjugated subjectivities, privileging South-South relations in relation to yet imaginatively and epistemologically unmediated by the Global North.
In 2017 she was laureate of the Iwalewahaus art award and was a featured guest artist at The Flaherty Seminar 2018. In 2019 Lelliott won the NIHSS award for best visual arts. She was an artist in residence with the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2019 and she took up a Mellon artist in residence and post-doctoral fellowship with the Centre for Humanities Research at the UWC. Lelliott is currently a senior lecturer in the Curatorial, Visual and Public Cultures department at the University of the Witwatersrand, JHB.