iYeza is the Xhosa word for medicine. It usually references healing substances derived from plants. In the broader sense, iYeza is a substance that is meant to ward off dark spiritual energy and invite good.
These spiritual energies are intrinsic to my work, which includes recognising how our bodies and spirits are tied to the earth and waters, on and in which we were born and raised. The land and water is healing on its own, it is medicine, it produces medicine.
My work draws on my personal memory of growing up, and my journey as a traditional healer. It considers the flora of Southern Africa and its use in traditional medicines, rituals and daily life, and how this has changed over time. Through these pieces, I hope to reset thinking about ourselves as indigenous people and our plants. This is about healing our spirits, the spirits of our ancestors and recognising the power in what our land has gifted to us.
Buhlebezwe Siwani is doing 2 Walkabouts at the Power Station. Join her to engage further.
Artist: Buhlebezwe Siwani
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. 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 Michaelis 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 lives and works between Amsterdam and Cape Town.