Msezane, Sethembile
Born 1991 in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa
Sethembile Msezane‘s work examines the processes of mythmaking and commemoration, which are used to construct history, calling attention to the absence of the black female body in both the narratives and physical spaces of historical remembrance. Using performance, photography, film and installation, she creates immersive works laden with historical and political symbolism. Msezane’s work has been exhibited across South Africa and internationally. The artist’s work was included in All Things Being Equal…, the inaugural exhibition of the Zeitz MOCAA, and forms part of the museum’s collection, as well as that of the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town. In 2015, she performed at the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town as part of the Rhodes Must Fall protest movement.
Sethembile Msezane, Umhlangano (Stadsaal Caves, Cape Town), 2017, Antique gilded frame, mirror, photograph, 117.5 x 149 cm, 46 x 58 in. Courtesy Tyburn Gallery