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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.

Nelisiwe Xaba at Dance Umbrella 2016

Dancer, performance artist and multimedia conceptualist Nelisiwe Xaba appears at this year’s Dance Umbrella on 27 February in the performance titled The Last Attitude and created with fellow performers Mamela Nyamza and Boyzie Cekwana. In 1997, Nyamza and Xaba were the only black dancers in the Pact Dance Company – one of the first official dance companies of the post-apartheid era. The Last Attitude cleverly and humorously targets one of the last strongholds of white elitist culture: ballet. An uncompromising duo about the damage that classical dancing inflicts on both body and mind.

Uncles & Angels in London

A new version of the performance piece titled Uncles & Angels, created by Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren, will be presented at the Women for Women International ‘She Inspires’ Gala in London on 16 September 2015. Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped nearly 420,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. The acclaimed performance piece gave rise to a stereoscopic film that was awarded the FNB Art Prize in 2013.

Various artists at the South African Pavilion at Venice Biennale

Works by David Koloane, Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx, Philip Miller, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sue Williamson & Nelisiwe Xaba are featured on the South African Pavilion at the 55th la Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Brenton Maart, the exhibition is titled Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive. The exhibition is presented by the National Arts Festival and funded by the Department of Arts & Culture. The 55th la Biennale di Venezia will take place from 1 June to 24 November 2013.


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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)