Carla Liesching (b.1985) is a South African multidisciplinary artist and current candidate in Ithaca College's Image Text MFA program. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhodes University, majoring in Studio Practice (Photography) and Art History and Visual Culture. Liesching also acquired undergraduate credits in Theatre and Linguistics, completing her degree in 2008. Her involvement in dramatic arts has greatly influenced her approach to photography and her work is often staged, merging sculpture, performance and sound. She has exhibited and created installations widely in her home country and internationally. Liesching is also an educator and arts advocate and is dedicated to the use of photography and arts education as a vehicle for social change. Liesching has taught at various schools and community-based organizations around the world, including the groundbreaking Market Photo Workshop (MPW) in Johannesburg, which was the first art school of the Apartheid era to accommodate students of all racial backgrounds. MPW plays a vital role in the training of South Africa’s photographers, ensuring that visual literacy reaches neglected and marginalized parts of South African society. Liesching has spent time living and working in Taipei, Taiwan and is now based in New York City where she works as Community Programs Faculty at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and coordinates ICP’s Teen Academy program, which serves over 750 high school students a year with the goal of fostering skills in self-expression and self-esteem through photography, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking.

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2014: Nihiliphobia [Expeditions into the Unknown #1-15], Brundyn+ Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2011: The Swimmers, Brundyn+ Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2008: Masked Portraits, Gordon Froud Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008: A Bear in the Woods, Moja Modern, Johannesburg, South Africa



2015: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum of Art Biennial

2015: The Foto Fence, South African National Arts Festival exhibition, NMMMA, South Africa

2015: Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

2014: Portfolio Afrique Du Sud, Recyclart, Brussels, Belgium

2014: The Benediction of Shade II, David Krut Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014: ICP-Bard Booth at The New York Book Fair, MoMA PS.1, NYC

2013: Portafolio Invitado, Foto Museo, Bogota, Colombia

2013: The Benediction of Shade, David Krut Gallery, Cape town, South Africa

2013: John Liebenburg South African Photography, Stephan Welz. & Co. Johannesburg

2013: The Garden, Julia Meintjies Fine Art, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2012: Material Representation, Brundyn + Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2012: Africa Number Two, Recyclart, Brussels, Belgium

2012: Cross Currents, David Krut Gallery, Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa

2012: FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, Brundyn+ Gonsalves Gallery, South Africa

2012: MOPHA [CT month of photography], Cape Town, South Africa

2011: Lens: Fractions of Contemporary Photography and Video in South Africa, Stellenbosch Art Museum

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, London, UK

2010: Colours, Albany History Museum, Grahamstown, South Africa

2010: Spier Contemporary Biennale, South Africa

2009: Art from the Ground Up, Lower Saxony Cultural Institute, Germany

2009: An Animal Collective Tea Party, Berlin, Johannesburg

2009: Absa L'Atelier, finalist, South Africa



2015: Mysterious Island: Self-published, Printed by Conveyor Arts, New York, USA

2014: Nihiliphobia: Published by Brundyn+ Gallery, Printed by Hansa Print, South Africa

2011: The Swimmers: Published by iART Gallery, Printed by Hansa Print, South Africa

2010: Contemporary Visions I (I am Solitary I am an Army): Published by Beers London, UK

2010: Spier Contemporary 2010 Biennale, Published by Spier Contemporary, South Africa



FOTOROOM: The Swimmers—Searching for Identity in a Globalized World

Humble Art Foundation: #HAFLIFEZ IG Show

Huffington Post: Capturing A Lost Generation in Nothing but Their Bathing Suits

BIRD IN FLIGHT: Pilgrims: Rootless Generation in the Project of Carla Liesching

Mail & Guardian: An interrogation of post-colonial history and African artists on the rise: Toyin Odutola; Carla Liesching; Robin Rhode and Julie Mehretu

Between 10 and 5: Carla Liesching Adrift Between Here and Somewhere

Exposure: Artist Interview—Carla Liesching

C&. CONTEMPORARY AND: Kutlwano Moagi & Mack Magagane, Carla Liesching, Gabrielle Alberts & Emeka Ogboh

Fisheye: Carla Liesching

Rhodes University Press: Standing at the Shoreline

One Art—Art from Asia, Africa and Latin America: Carla Liesching


Out & About Africa: The Swimmers

One Small Seed: Selected Creative

Africa is a Country: The Swimmers