Buhlebezwe Siwani, Qunusa! Buhle 2, 2015, Archival ink-jet print on, Hahnemuhle PhotoRag, 119 x 55 cm, Edition of 5. Courtesy the artist and WHATIFTHEWORLD
Buhlebezwe Siwani, Qunusa! Buhle 2, 2015, Archival ink-jet print on, Hahnemuhle PhotoRag, 119 x 55 cm, Edition of 5. Courtesy the artist and WHATIFTHEWORLD  

Buhlebezwe Siwani is a visual artist working in performance, photography, sculpture and installation. Thematically Siwani’s work interrogates the patriarchal framing of the black female body and black female experience within a South African context. As an initiated sangoma (a traditional health practitioner), Siwani uses her artistic practice to delve into religious subjects and the sometimes-vexed relationship between Christianity and African spirituality.

Recent performances and exhibitions of Siwani’s work include Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2017); Deep Memory, Kalmar konstmuseum, Kalmar (2017) and Those Ghels, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town (2017). In addition to her independent practice, Siwani is one of the founding members of the performance collective iQhiya, which was formed as a grassroots response to the lack of exhibition opportunity and underrepresentation of black female artists in the south African art world. iQhiya was recently selected for documenta 14 held across Athens, Greece and Kassel (2017).