Buhlebezwe Siwani



About

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 Siwani’s 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 in the South African gallery scene participating in group exhibitions at Stevenson, Gallery Momo, WHATIFTHEWORLD, SMAC Gallery, The Iziko National Gallery and Museum Africa Johannesburg. 

Solo exhibitions include: Dedisa ubumnyama, Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns (2021); ukuqhaqha, Camera Work, Palazzo Rasponi, Ravenna (2021); Inkanyamba, Galeria  Municipal  de Arte de Almada (2020); othunjiweyo, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon (2019); Qab’Imbola, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town (2018);  Imfazwe yenkaba, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon (2017);and Ingxowayegqwirhakazi, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town (2016).

Recent group exhibitions include: The Power of My Hands, Paris Museum of Modern Art, Paris (2021); Goddesses of Healing, Mbassy, Hamburg (2021); Casablanca Biennial, Casablanca (2021); Sonsbeek,. Arnhem (2021); Living, Forgiving, Remembering, Kunsthal 3,14,Bergen (2021); Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Perez collection, Miami (2020); 14th Curitiba Biennial, Curitiba (2020); Viral portraits, Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana (2020); Materiality, Iziko National Gallery, Cape Town (2020); Present Passing: South by Southeast, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2019); Bamako Encounters, Mali (2019); Ngoma: Art and Cosmology, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg (2019); Cosmopolis #2: Rethinking the Human, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019); The Third Bank, Bienal Ano Zero, Coimbra (2019), Tell Freedom, KaDE Museum, Amsefoort (2018); White blood blue night, Centre d’art contemporain d’Alfortville, Alfortville (2018); Deep Memory, Kalmar Art Museum (2017); and Art/Afrique, The Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris (2017). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Dedisa ubumnyama, Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns
ukuqhaqha, Camera Work, Palazzo Rasponi, Ravenna, Italy
2020 Inkanyamba, Galeria Municipal de Almada, Almada
2019 Othunjiweyo, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon
2018 iNcence, No Man's Art Gallery, Netherlands
Qab'Imbola - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2016 Ingxowa yeGqwirhakazi - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2015 Imfihlo, Graduate Exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Any Given Sunday - Artful Chance Encounters, Rupert Museum, Stellenbosch
Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Perez collection, El Espacio 23, Miami
Casablanca Biennale, Casablanca (Upcoming)
The Power of My Hands, Paris Museum of Modern Art, Paris
That Hidden Thread, NIROX Sculpture Park, Johannesburg
2020 Living, Forgiving, Remembering, Museum Arnhem, Netherlands
Enemy of Progress [Performance], Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Bern
Indlovukazi [Performance], Woordfees, Stellenbosch
Baqamile [Performance], Woordfees, Stellenbosch
Viral portraits, Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
If Yesterday was Tomorrow What Is Today, Bode Projects, Berlin
Materiality, Iziko National Gallery, Cape Town
NOW LOOK HERE, The African Art of Appearance, Amsterdam
2019 Present Passing: South by Southeast, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong
Ngoma: Art and Cosmology, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Cosmopolis #2: Rethinking the Human, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
2018 ArtVerona with Galeria Madragoa, Verona
The Eye Sees Not Itself, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles
White blood blue night, Centre d'art contemporain d'Alfortville, Alfortville
Cape Town Art Fair, Solo Presentation, Cape Town
Tell Freedom, KaDE museum, Amsefoort
Condo at Madragoa, Sadie Cole's HQ, London
2017 Art/Afrique, LeNouvel Atelier Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris
Michaelis Master's Show, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town
Ukutshona kuka Mendi, Center for African Studies Gallery, Cape Town
a flagrant arcade in contemporary art, African art fair, Cape Town
#Dedication to Freedom, Winter Sculpture Fair, Nirox South Africa
Encima, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon
Deep Memory, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden
O CÉU DOS OBLÍQUOS, Galeria Madragoa, Portugal
iQhiya, Documenta 14
Dear History, it's not me, it's you, LBK/G Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
The House, Twil Art Studios, Johannesburg
COIMBRA Biennale, Coimbra, Portugal
2016 Figure, Blank Projects, Cape Town
Rote Fabrik, Pro Helevetia Residency, Zurich, Switzerland
Quiet Violence of Dreams, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
Imfazwe Yenkaba, ITC session 3, Langa, Cape Town
iQhiya Group Show, AVA, Cape Town
2015 Joburg Fringe, Johannesburg
Watch and Talk, 10 day residency, Zurich, Switzerland
Decolonising Love, Liste art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Revisiting the Latent Archive In Sites, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town
Towards Intersections; Negotiating Subjects, Objects and Contexts, Museum Africa, Johannesburg