Sethembile Msezane (1991, South Africa)
Waterbodies-Isiqumo II, 2018. Photography, 148.5×180 cm.
Multidisciplinary artist Sethembile Msezane lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. She received her MA in Fine Arts in 2017 from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, where she also completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012. Using an interdisciplinary practice of performance, photography, film, sculpture and drawing, Sethembile creates commanding works heavy with spiritual and political symbolism.
Sethembile processes her dreams as a medium and poses questions about the remembrance of ancestry and African history. Her work reflects on the spiritual tear of the continent, that came with the looting of land that carries the bones, memories, rituals and traditions of African ancestry. The work Waterbodies–Isiqumo II shows Sethembile floating on water in a boat, accompanied by her spirit embodiment. Sethembile’s work asks, “how do we begin to humanise ourselves in spaces and on grounds that have been fertilised by bloodshed?” The work constitutes a process of healing.