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Lecture by Buhlebezwe Siwani (Independent Visual and Performance Artist) in the Politics and Performance Series organized by Sruti Bala and Elize Mazadiego (Buhlebezwe Simani replaces Nomusa Makhubu, who had to cancel her lecture).

Event details of The body as point of entry: A performative reading of the film 'Sarafina!' (1992) 
Date 30 September 2021
Time 16:00 -18:00
Buhlebezew Siwani, iJoowish (2016). Photo by Carlos Marzia.

Thursday 30, September 2021, 16:00-18:00 CET  (online) 

Buhlebezwe Siwani (Independent Visual and Performance Artist) 

The body as point of entry: A performative reading of the film 'Sarafina!' (1992) 

By way of a reflection of the relationship between South Africa and the Netherlands in performance, the lecture will depart from the 1992 film 'Sarafina!' to illustrate how the body is the first point of entry when attempting to take over or in taking over space. Through the film, and its underlying interplay of performance, the archive and history, the lecture will discuss how the ownership of land is tied to the ownership of bodies.

Buhlebezwe Siwani is a South-African visual and performance artist. She works predominantly in the medium of performance and installations, including photographic stills and videos of some performances 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 Michealis School of Fine Arts in 2015. She lives and works between Amsterdam and Cape Town.