Buhlebezwe Siwani was raised in Johannesburg, due to the nomadic nature of her upbringing she has also lived in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal. Siwani works predominantly in the medium of performance and installations, she includes photographic stills and videos of some performances. She uses the videos and the stills 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.
Thematically Siwanis’ work interrogates the patriarchal framing of the black female body and black female experience within the South African context. As an initiated sangoma, Siwani has also used her artistic practice to delve into religious subjects and the often-perplexing relationship between Christianity and African spirituality. In addition to her independent practice, Siwani is one of the founding members of the influential collective IQhiya, which was formed as an activist response to the lack of exhibition opportunity and under-representation of black female artists in the south African art world.
Locally Siwani has been actively involved in the south African gallery scene participating in group exhibitions at Stevenson, Gallery Momo, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Smac Gallery, The Iziko National Gallery and Museum Africa Johannesburg. Notable International exhibitions include the Curitiba Biennale 2019, the Bamako Biennale 2019, Documenta 14, Art/Afrique, Le Nouvel Atelier, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Africa Raccontare un Mondo, PAC museum Milan, Deep Memory, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden, Busuku benzolo, Labor Zero Labor, Triangle Arts, Marseilles, France , Reparations, Theater Spektakel, Zurich, Switzerland.