About

Sethembile Msezane (RSA b.1991) completed her BAFA (2012) and a Masters in Fine Art (2017) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Msezane maps out how the process of commemorative practice informs constructions of history, mythmaking, and ultimately addresses the paucity of the black female body in the monumentalisation of public spaces. She was shortlisted for ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art (2017). She was a TEDGlobal Speaker in Ausha, Tanzania (2017). She was a TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Residency Award winner (TASA) (2016). Msezane is the first recipient of the Rising Light award at the Mbokodo Awards (2016). She is a Barclays L’Atelier Top 10 Finalist (2016). She performed at the removal of the John Cecil Rhodes statue at UCT (2015). She is a Sasol New Signatures Merit Award winner (2015).

Msezane has had solo shows at Gallery MOMO (2017) and FNB Joburg Art Fair (2017). Selected group shows include 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, London (2017), Dis(colour)ed Margins at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (2017), Women’s Work and The Art of Disruptions at the Iziko South African National Gallery (2016), Re[as]sisting Narratives an exhibition at Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2016), Dance, if you want to enter my country!/ Global Citizen at GoetheOnMain, Johannesburg (2016), Nothing Personal at SMAC Gallery, Cape Town,  #theopening at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town (2016), Translations at Emergent Art Space and Reed college, Portland, Oregon (2015), Anywhere the Wind Blows at Brundyn+ (2014). Her work sits in prominent collections such as Zeitz MOCAA and Iziko South African National Gallery.

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EXHIBITIONS

2017            All Things Being Equal, Zeitz Museum, Cape Town

                     1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, London

                     The Portrait (performance as part of iQhiya), Documenta14, Athens

                     Monday (performance as part of iQhiya), Documenta14, Kassel

                     Umoya- A Quiet Revolution, solo at FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg

                     Dis(colour)ed Margins, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare

                      Kwasuka Sukela- Reimagined Bodies of (South African) 1990's Born Woman, solo at Gallery Momo, Cape Town 

2016              Re[as]sisting Narritives, Framer Framed, Amsterdam

                      The Art of Disruptions, the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

                       Azania- What will be Remembered, What will be Forgotten? (performance), GIPCA, Cape Town

                       #theopening, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town

                       Dance, if you want to enter my country!/ Global Citizen, GoetheOnMain, Johannesburg

2015               Love in the Time of Afrophobia at VryfeesKunstefees and AVA Open Stoep Residency, Bloemfontein, Cape Town

            Ellipsis (performance) at Infecting the City, Cape Town

                        Krotoa (performance) at Grid Biennial Cape Town, Art Meets Camera

                        Translations, Reed College, Emergent Art Space, Portland Oregon

 2014              Public Performances and Exhibitions:

                        Human Rights Day, CT                                       Worker’s Day, CT

                        Freedom Day, CT                                              Women’s Day, CT                     

                        Youth Day, JHB                                                 Day of Reconciliation, JHB

                        Anywhere the Wind Blows, Brundyn + exhibition, JHB

 2013              Camouflage, Circa Gallery, JHB

                        Heritage Day (performance), CT    

 2012              MOP5 festival, Lovell Gallery, CT                     Mistakes exhibition, CT

            CMYK, Circa Gallery, JHB                                Manifestations of Self,YoungBlood, CT

            Michaelis School of Fine art Graduate’s exhibition, CT

 2011               Gross Examination, Michaelis, CT

                         Republic performance, Gipca, CT

              A Negro Speaks of Rivers exhibition, Magnet Theatre, CT