Thero Makepe is an artist born and raised in Gaborone, Botswana.  He currently works between Gabarone, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Makepe completed his Bachelor of Fine Art with distinction at the University of Cape Town, majoring in photography.

Makepe, currently focused on photography, employs the moving image as an aesthetic vehicle through which he examines familial, social and geopolitical histories. Within this framework, Makepe engages historical events to explore the liminal spaces between collective and personal memory, foregrounded by his own lyrical and spiritual sensibilities.

Makepe is also a founding member of the Botswana Pavillion, an artist collective dedicated to developing Botswana’s artistic archive.

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Group Exhibitions

Foam Talent 2024-2025, Foam Museum, 2024

Becoming Visible | Online Image Gallery, Autograph, 2024

Yo O Sa Leleng, Botswana National Museum, Gaborone, 2023

Good Neighbours, NIROX Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, 2022

The Botswana Pavilion: Maš(w)i a Ditoro (tsa Rona), Sakhile&Me, Frankfurt, 2022

Unfinished Camp (with the Botswana Pavilion), The Shed NY & Art Basel, 2021

Joe Prussian presents PREMISE , The Box (Old Atterbury St.), Cape Town, 2021

The Botswana Pavilion - Collective Ties, Virtual Exhibtion, 2020

CONTESTED SPACE | WATER IS LAND IS AIR, Virtual Exhibtion for Latitudes Art Fair, 2020

a_part: Qurantine Collabortion, Virtual Exhibtion, 2020

Michaelis Gradshow, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, 2019

The Botswana Pavilion - Subjective Nationhood, Botswana National Gallery, Gaborone, 2019

The Room, BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2019

The Botswana Pavilion – No Return, Gallery Momo, Cape Town, 2019

Hue and Hue – group pop up exhibition, Monolith Studios, 140 Canterbury St., Cape Town, 2019


The University of Cape Town (UCT) Works of Art Collection

Grants and Awards

Der Greif Guest Room Scholarship : Damarice Amao & Matthias Pfaller
FOAM Talent, 2024-2025
The Claire and Edoardo Villa Will Trust, 2022
Blurring The Lines, Paris College of Art, (Finalist), 2020
The Tierney Fellowship Award, 2019
Simon Gerson Prize, 2019


The MEP residency – Gervanne Collection + Matthias Leridon – Cité internationale des arts, 2023


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