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 Michealis School of Fine Arts in 2015.
Thematically Siwanis’ work interrogates the patriarchal framing of the black female body and black female experience within 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 collective IQhiya, which was formed as an activist response to the lack of exhibition opportunity and under-representation of black 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 Momo, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Smac Gallery, The Iziko National Gallery and Museum Africa Johannesburg.
Notable International exhibitions include Documenta 14, Art/Afrique, Le Nouvel Atelier, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Africa Raccontare un Mondo, PAC museum Milan, Deep Memory, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden, Busuku benzolo, Labor Zero Labor, Triangle Arts, Marseilles, France , Reparations, Theater Spektakel, Zurich, Switzerland.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
|2016||Ingxowa yeGqwirhakazi - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2015||Imfihlo, Graduate Exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town|
Selected Group Exhibitions
|2018||The Eye Sees Not Itself, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles|
|Tell Freedom, KaDE museum, Amsefoort|
|Condo at Madragoa, Sadie Cole's HQ, London|
|Cape Town Art Fair, Solo Presentation, Cape Town|
|White blood blue night, Centre d'art contemporain d'Alfortville, Alfortville|
|2017||Art/Afrique, LeNouvel Atelier Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris|
|a flagrant arcade in contemporary art, African art fair, Cape Town|
|Ukutshona kuka Mendi, Center for African Studies Gallery, Cape Town|
|Deep Memory, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden|
|Michaelis Master's Show, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town|
|#Dedication to Freedom, Winter Sculpture Fair, Nirox South Africa|
|Encima, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon|
|O CÉU DOS OBLÍQUOS, Galeria Madragoa, Portugal|
|COIMBRA Biennale, Coimbra, Portugal|
|The House, Twil Art Studios, Johannesburg|
|iQhiya, Documenta 14|
|Dear History, it's not me, it's you, LBK/G Gallery, Hamburg, Germany|
|2016||Imfazwe Yenkaba, ITC session 3, Langa, Cape Town|
|iQhiya Group Show, AVA, 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, Johannesburg|
|Decolonising Love, Liste art Fair, Basel, Switzerland|