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 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 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.

Notable International exhibitions include the Curitiba Biennale 2019, the Bamako Biennale 2019,  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

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

2019 Ngoma: Art and Cosmology, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Cosmopolis #2: Rethinking the Human, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Present Passing: South by Southeast, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong
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 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
Art/Afrique, LeNouvel Atelier Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris
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
Encima, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon
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