Buhlebezwe Siwani

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.



2016     Ingxowa yeGqwirhakazi  - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town

2015     Imfihlo, Graduate Exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town



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


Exhibitions at the KZNSA