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Sue Williamson and Nelisiwe Xaba take part in 2018 Live Art Festival in Cape Town

The Live Arts Festival, produced by the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), features Sue Williamson and Nelisiwe Xaba on its 2018 programme. Williamson’s installation One Hundred and Nineteen Deeds of Sale draws on the record of people enslaved in India and brought to the Cape Town Castle and Company Gardens in the 17th century, with the former slaves names inscribed on cotton working shirts and lengths of cloth sent from India. The work is installed at the Cape Town Castle, enacting the original journey Williamson’s installation memorializes Sue Williamson and Nelisiwe Xaba to take part in 2018 Live Art Festival in Cape Town. Following the festival, the garments will then make a return journey to India, where they will be washed and rehung in and old colonial building as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in December 2018. Bang Bang Wo, a performative lecture by Xaba which considers the concept of ‘help’ and questions how it instils power dynamics, is held at Hiddingh Campus (2 September).

Neliswe Xaba & Mocke J van Veuren Award-Winning Uncle & Angels at UJ

After travelling to over twenty cities across the world, Nelisiwe Xaba & Mocke J van Veuren’s Uncles & Angels will return to Johannesburg for a run at the UJ Art Centre Theatre (23 – 25 August). Winner of the FNB Art Prize in 2013, the interactive dance and video collaboration explores questions of chastity, virginity testing, purity and tradition. Altogether, the performance presents a compelling examination of the manipulation of cultural heritage, questioning how we look toward tradition for solutions to contemporary problems.

Nelisiwe Xaba exhibits on a group show at the Nirox Sculpture Park

Nelisiwe Xaba’s work features on the Nirox Sculpture Park’s group exhibition, Not a Single Story – The Winter Sculpture Exhibition, in Krugersdorp (12 May – 29 July). Co-curated by Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell, and organised in association with Wanås Konst, the exhibition combines existing works with new productions that will occupy and transform the surrounding landscape. In addition, the exhibition brings together artists from various backgrounds that represent a rich diversity of perspectives, including works by forerunners alongside less established artists, born between 1933 and 1993.

Neliswe Xaba performs at the Centre For The Less Good Idea

Xaba presents Bang-Bang-Wo, a performative lecture that grapples with the subject of help and aid, alongside video artist and collaborator Candida Merwe, at The Center For The Less Good Idea in Johannesburg (22 – 23 September). The piece considers the concept of ‘help’ in the contemporary global society: help as a sacrifice, demand and rhetoric, and questions how help instils power dynamics between the helper and the helped.


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  • Solo exhibitions

    Nelisiwe Xaba / Urban Mermaid / 2016

    Group exhibitions

    [Working Title] / 2013

    Advance/...Notice / 2012

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  • Press for Nelisiwe Xaba

    Nelisiwe Xaba / Mail & Guardian / South Africa / 3 March 2015

    Nelisiwe Xaba makes her moves on the politics of exoticism By Stefanie Jason (244.5 KB)

    Nelisiwe Xaba / Dance Umbrella Gazette / South Africa / 1 March 2015

    Protests art lives on By Stefanie Jason (176.4 KB)

    Nelisiwe Xaba / IOL Tonight / South Africa / 24 February 2015

    Politics of looking to dominate festival By Same Mdluli (111.6 KB)

    Nelisiwe Xaba / IOL Tonight / South Africa / 10 February 2015

    Exotic encounters with Nelisiwe Xaba By Diane De Beer (96.2 KB)

    Nelisiwe Xaba / Chic Jozi / South Africa / 25 September 2013

    Review of Uncles and Angels / Scars and Cigarettes at Dance Umbrella 2013 by Ayesha Kajee (244.8 KB)

    Nelisiwe Xaba / Business Day Live / Johannesburg / 5 December 2013

    From tomboy to 'big bang artist by Christina Kennedy (150.5 KB)

    Nelisiwe Xaba / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / South Africa / 27 September 2013

    Thing Of Beauty: Uncles and Angels by Matthew Krouse (140.4 KB)

    Nelisiwe Xaba / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / South Africa / 2 March 2012

    Meditation on the meaning of power by Murray Kruger (1.3 MB)

    Nelisiwe Xaba / Between The Lines / South Africa / 23 October 2012

    A Dancer With Balls by Jedi Ramalapa (185.4 KB)

    Nelisiwe Xaba / The Star / South Africa / 21 February 2012

    Moving Into Virgin Territory by Adrienne Sichel (158.2 KB)

    Nelisiwe Xaba / Ballet-Dance Magazine / 19 October 2009

    Ketty Noel and Nelisiwe Xaba in 'Correspondences' by David Mead (133.2 KB)