K Patricia Thrane is a painter, documentary-photographe and landscape artist.
Born in New York City in 1962 to Scottish and Norwegian parents, she grew up between Connecticut and Norway. She studied at the New School for Social Research/Parsons School of Design and Norwalk Community College.
She worked in the Philippines during the Marcos/Aquino revolution. Her activism
against apartheid included working with Dali Tambo, the son of African National Congress President Oliver Tambo and the founder of Artists Against Apartheid, in London during the 1980’s.
In 1985-6, Thrane worked and lived in the townships of apartheid South Africa. Thrane was jailed while trying to photograph migrant labor camps. She also met with resistance to publicizing her work outside South Africa, owing to the sanctions that were then in place.
In addition to her photography and painting, Thrane worked with Jonas Gwangwa on the sound track for the movie Cry Freedom, concerts sponsored by Artists Against Apartheid, including the “Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute” in 1988, part of the campaign for Mandela’s release from prison.