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* in Johannesburg / South Africa

Tired of being under represented in the South African art world, young female black artists are taking matters in their own hands. Formed by Asemahle Ntonti, Bronwyn Katz, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Bonolo Kavula, Charity Kelapile, Lungiswa Gqunta, Matlhogonolo Kelapile, Sethembile Msezane, Sisipho Ngodwana, Thandiwe Msebenzi, and Thuli Gamedze, the iQhiya collective has just recently presented their first performance piece at the Art Week Cape Town, which began on March 9th.

Iqhiya is the name given to the cloth women use on their heads to support water vessels that they carry, a powerful symbol of black women in the country.... Determined to break the art industry monopoly in a culture that favors white male owned galleries and black male artists, the iQhiya collective uses collaborative work to assert their presence in the most important art venues in South Africa. Because united they stand… a much better chance.



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Exhibitions / Events
  • 2017 documenta 14, Benaki Museum, Parko Eleftherias, Municipality of Athens, EMST, Athens Conservatoire, Athens School of Fine Arts, documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH (Group exhibition)

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last modified at 13.04.2017

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