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The Divine Feminine: 10 South African artists you should know

Art imitates life, imitates womanhood

In honour of women’s month, we’re taking a look at the artists whose work explores the feminine body in all its representations.

There still exists an often misunderstood socio-political tension when it comes to visibility for female artists. It is very much about design and art but there is meaning beyond aesthetic practices, more significantly for women of colour in the field.

With unique techniques and an effortless mastering of their various mediums, these women educate and create a relatable awareness about issues that affect women both in South Africa and the globe, transcending words and culture through powerful visual motifs.

Nompilo (Seemsnu)

9/60 “thinking about you”
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Lhola Amira

Lady Skollie

Thania Peterson

Thandiwe Msebenzi


Tony Gum

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Manyaku Mashilo

Lungiswa Gqunta

Lungiswa Gqunta (South Africa) will also be joining us as an artist in residence from July 2nd until September 17th! -- Her practice considers the hidden structures of exclusion and oppression that continue to perpetuate the legacy of colonialism and how this is manifested in different forms of violence. As part of her residency, Lungiswa will also engage with The Showroom and the London iteration of the international project Women on Aeroplanes, which is being developed together with The Otolith Collective (Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar). -- Lungiswa Gqunta’s residency is supported by Mercedes Vilardell. -- #southafricanartist #gasworkslondon #artistinresidence #womenonaeroplanes #lungiswagqunta @lungiswa_gqunta @theshowroomlondon
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Buhlebezwe Siwani

©️ BUHLEBEZWE SIWANI, ‘Qunusa Buhle’, 2015. . . Buhlebezwe Siwani is a visual artist working in performance, photography, sculpture and installation. Thematically Siwani’s work interrogates the patriarchal framing of the black female body and black female experience within the South African context. “It’s a lot about what it means to be a black female body, but it’s also about being queer, which is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, and now I want to play with that,” she says. . . . . . . . . . . . . . #Art #BuhlebezweSiwani #Photography #PerformativeArt #ContemporaryArt #ContemporaryArtist #ContemporaryAfricanArt #SouthAfricanArtist #SouthAfrica #Africa #AfricanArtist #BlackFemale #ArtDaily #DailyArt #ArtOnInstagram #Like4Like #InstaPost #ArtLovers #Kunst #AfrikanIscheKunst #Lasmara
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