About

Sethembile Msezane (RSA b.1991) is currently a Masters in Fine Art scholar 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 absence of the black female body in the monumentalisation of public spaces. Msezane is a the TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Residency Award winner (TASA) (2016) . She is the first recipient of the Rising Light award at the 5th edition of the Mbokodo Awards (2016). She is a Barclays L’Atelier Top 10 Finalist (2016). Msezane was an invited artist at Situate: Art in Festivals (residency) in Hobart Australia (2016). Her work featured in Re[as]sisting Narratives an exhibition at Framer Framed, Amsterdam. Msezane performed The Charter for Any Given Sunday an initiative by Khanabadosh and Institute for  Contemporary Art Research (2016). Azania- What Will Be Remembered, What Will Be Forgotten? was performed at Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Art (GIPCA) event Intersect (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 was a speaker at the Between 10 & 5 Creative Women Conference (2015). She was invited by the Open Stoep Residency at the AVA gallery as well as Vrystaat Kunstefees Festival to perform her piece Love In The Time of Afrophobia (2015). In Infecting the City 2015 she performed Ellipsis and FR!KA. She was a participant at OPENLab2014 – a residency in Bloemfontein and Richmond.

Selected group shows include Women's Work and The Art of Disruptions at the Iziko South African National Gallery (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), Camouflage at Circa, Johannesburg (2013), Greatest Hits 2012, If the Halls could Talk at Association of Visual Arts (AVA) in Cape Town (2013).

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EXHIBITIONS

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