Sethembile Msezane

Living sculptures that stand for history's truths

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In the century-old statues that occupy Cape Town, Sethembile Mzesane didn't see anything that looked like her own reality. So she became a living sculpture herself, standing for hours on end in public spaces dressed in symbolic costumes, to reclaim the city and its public spaces for her community. In this powerful, tour-de-force talk, she shares the stories and motivation behind her mesmerizing performance art.

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Sethembile Msezane · Artist

Sethembile Msezane deconstructs the act of public commemoration — how it creates myths, constructs histories, includes some and excludes others.

Sethembile Msezane deconstructs the act of public commemoration — how it creates myths, constructs histories, includes some and excludes others.