Carla Liesching

South Africa



Carla Liesching

Born in 1985, South Africa
Lives and works in South Africa

Carla Liesching is a photographer from Johannesburg, South Africa. She received a BFA from Rhodes University in 2007, specializing in photography, video, and theatre and has since taught photography at various institutions around the world. Liesching has exhibited widely in her home country and internationally. Recent exhibitions include a showcase at the Foto Museo in Bogota, Colombia; the Belgium based RecycleArt’s Africa Number Two and the noteworthy Beer’s Lambert exhibition I am solitary I am an army at Surface Gallery in England. She was also recently included in a South African Photography retrospective through Stephan Welz & Co.; South Africa’s largest biennale of contemporary art, Spier Contemporary and the Stellenbosch Museum’s Lens: fractions of contemporary photography and video in South Africa. Liesching is currently showing in the group exhibition The Benediction of Shade at David Krut. Following the solo exhibition of her series, The Swimmers, a forthcoming body of work is scheduled for exhibition in November 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. Liesching has recently spent time living and working in Taipei, Taiwan and is now based in Brooklyn, New York.


2008. Digital Imaging Master class Certificate, Africa Media Online Imaging Master class, South Africa
2007. BFA [Photography & Video; Art History & Visual Culture] [cum laude], Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

Solo exhibitions: 

2013. Geography & Some Explorers, (forthcoming) Brundyn Contemp. South Africa
2011. The Swimmers Brundyn + Gonsalves Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2008. Masked Portraits, Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2008. A Bear in The Woods, Moja Modern Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Selected group exhibitions: 

2013. The Benediction of Shade, David Krut Gallery, South Africa
2013. Portafolio Invitado, Foto Museo, Bogota, Colombia
2013. John Liebenburg Photography Auction, Stephan Welz & Co. Johannesburg
2013. The Garden, Julia Meintjies Fine Art, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2012. Africa Number Two, Brussels, Belgium
2012. Material: Representation, Brundyn + Gonsalves, South Africa
2012. Cross Currents, David Krut Projects, South Africa
2012. FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, South Africa
2012. Summer Salon, Brundyn + Gonsalves, South Africa
2012. MOPHA [CT month of photography], Cape Town, South Africa
2011. Lens: Fractions of Contemporary Photography and Video in South Africa,
2011. University of Stellenbosch Art Museum, South Africa
2011. Infecting the City, Public Arts Festival, Cape Town, South Africa
2011. FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, Brundyn + Gonsalves, South Africa
2011. The Swimmers, Wembley Project Space, iArt Gallery, South Africa
2011. The Swimmers, South African National Arts Festival
2010. I am Solitary I am an Army, Surface Gallery & Beers. Lambert, England
2010. Colours, Albany History Museum, Grahamstown, South Africa
2010. MAD ART, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2010. Spier Contemporary Biennale, South Africa
2008. FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, The Trinity Sessions: site-specific installation South African National Arts Festival
2008. An animal collective tea party, Berlin, Johannesburg, South Africa
2008. Art from the Ground Up, Lower Saxony Cultural Institute, Germany
2007. Absa L'Atelier, finalist, South Africa
2007. Graduate Show, Rhodes University, South Africa
2007. South African National Arts Festival, Annual Student Exhibition

Selected publications:

2011. GUP Magazine, The Women Issue
2011. Visi Magazine, The Blue Issue, #56
2011. Art South Africa, feature article: "Everywhere and Nowhere spaces," May
2011. Mail & Guardian, Newspaper interview, May
2010. The Viewer, Is it home? Issue 07
2010. New York Times, Article: South Africa Scores! June


2004. Rhodes Memorial Scholarship nominee for post-graduate studies Oxford University
2007. Ekurhuleni Fine Art Awards (finalist)
2007. Johannesburg ABSA L'Atelier (finalist)
2010. Spier Contemporary (finalist)


2013. International Center of Photography (Bard)
2013. New York City, Teaching Assistant
2011-13 PhotoManhattan
2012. New York, Photography Instructor
2010 - 2008 The Market Photography Workshop
2008. Johannesburg, Photography lecturer
2007. Rhodes University
2007. Grahamstown, Assistant Photography Lecturer,
2007. South African National Children's Art Festival
2007. Grahamstown, Workshop facilitator and teacher