Artists Buhlebezwe Siwani, Wynona Mutisi, Viwe Madinda and Sikhumbuzo Makandula discuss healing in relation to their respective art practices
ARTS LOUNGE AFRICA is a platform for performances and art conversations curated by Ruth Simbao and Lifang Zhang. The programme is hosted by the Arts of Africa and Global Souths research team and is supported by the National Research Foundation SARChI Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa.
Panel: Buhlebezwe Siwani, Wynona Mutisi, Viwe Madinda and Sikhumbuzo Makandula
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Buhlebezwe Siwani was raised in Johannesburg, and due to the nomadic nature of her upbringing she has also lived in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal. Siwani works predominantly in the medium of performance and installations, and she includes photographic stills and videos of some performances. She uses the videos and the stills as a ‘stand in’ for her body, which is physically absent from the space. 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. She has exhibited at the Michaelis Galleries in Cape Town, a site-specific exhibition in collaboration with APEX Art, New York City, in 13th Avenue, Alexandra township, Commune 1, and Stevenson in Cape Town. She is represented in multiple private collections and institutional collections around the world. She lives and works between Amsterdam and Cape Town.
Sikhumbuzo Makandula is a visual artist, lecturer in Fine Art Photography at Rhodes University, and an arts writer based in Makhanda. Makandula graduated with a Master of Arts in Public Spheres and Public Culture from University of Cape Town. His practice-based research focuses on 19th century history, Art History, and the Conservation of Built Environment and Heritage Management. Makandula’s research traces and interrogates the material culture of black intellectual history and the knowledge systems embedded in iminombo, izibongo, iimbali and iingoma.
Wynona Mutisi is a multimedia artist born in Mutare, Zimbabwe. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (MFA) from Rhodes University and is currently completing a Master of Fine Art degree at the same university. Wynona’s work is a cross between graphic design and digital art. It often deals with themes of memory, home and the experience of living in a female, single-parent household against the backdrop of Zimbabwe’s struggling economy. Apart from her studies, Wynona also works part-time for a Pan-African digital newsweekly, The Continent, as a layout designer and illustrator.
Viwe Madinda is a South African visual artist and Master of Fine Art (MFA) candidate at Rhodes University. She holds a bachelor of Fine Art degree (with distinction) from Rhodes University, and is part of the National Research Foundation SARChl programme and the Arts of Africa and Global Souths research team. Madinda works in multidisciplinary ways, using installation, sculpture, sound design, performance and photography to explore themes of African spirituality and Isintu in relation to post-colonial identity and reality.