Carla Liesching

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