Buhlebezwe Siwani is a visual artist working in performance, photography, sculpture and installation. Siwani completed her BAFA (Hons) at the Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg in 2011 and her MFA at the Michael’s School of Fine Arts in 2015.
Thematically, Siwani’s work interrogates the patriarchal framing of the black female body and black female experience with the South African context. As an initiated sangoma , Siwani has also used her artistic practice to delve into religious subjects and the often perplexing relationship between Christianity and African spirituality.
In addition to her independent practice, Siwani is one of the founding members of the influential performance collective iQhiya, which was formed as an activist response to the lack of exhibition opportunity and under-representation of female artists in the South African art world.
Locally Siwani has been actively involved the South African gallery scene participating in group exhibitions at Stevenson, Gallery Morro, WHATIFTHEWORLD, SMAC Gallery, The Iziko National Gallery and Museum Africa Johannesburg.
Notable International exhibitions include Documenta 14, ;Art/Afrique, Le Nouvel Atelier, Foundation of Louis Vuitton; Africa Raccontare un Mondo, PAC Museum Milan; DeepMemory, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden; Busuku Benzolo, Labor Zero Labor, Triangle Arts Marselles, France 2016, Reparations, Theatre Spektakel, Zurich, Switzerland.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Ingxowa yeGqwirhakazi - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2015 Imfihlo, Graduate Exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Michael’s Masters Show, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town
O CEU DOS OBLIQUOS, Galeria Madragoa, Portugal
Ukutshona kuka Mendi, Center for African Studies Gallery, Cape Town
a fragrant arcade in contemporary art, African art fair, Cape Town
Deep Memory, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden
Art/Afrique , LeNouvel Atelier, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris
#Dedication to Freedom, Winter Sculpture Fair, Nirox, South Africa
2016 iQhiya Group Show, AVA, Cape Town
Imfazwe Yenkaba, ITC session 3, Langa Cape Town
Rote Fabrik, Pro Helevetia Residency, Zurich, Switzerland
Quiet Violence of Dreams, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
Figure, Blank Projects , Cape Town
2015 Revisiting the Latent Archive in Sites, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town
Towards Intersections, Negotiating Subjects, Objects and Contexts, Museum Africa, Johannesburg
Watch and Talk, 10 day residency, Zurich, Switzerland
Joburg Fringe, Johhanesburg
Decolonising Love, Liste Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland