Oupa Sibeko (b.1992) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work move between theatrical, gallery, scholarly and other public contexts, overtly dealing with matter and politics of the body as a site of contested works. Enabling opportunities for affective and relational encounters using ritualistic performance and play, he seeks to critically engage approaches to the body, particularly the black male body, the history of representation and the ways in which certain subjectivities have been (and are) figured, (black) pain, (black) spectacle, (black) negation, and the ethical implications of reimaging and re-enacting pain.
Sibeko was awarded a Mail & Guardian top 200 and David Koloane award in 2019. He has taken part in group and solo shows in Namibia at the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Wits TPO Gallery, Wits Art Museum, Room Gallery, Melville Art Project, Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, The Freezer Hostel and Theatre in Iceland and Art Room in Parkhurst. In 2021, Oupa graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Witwatersrand, whilst performing in various exhibitions both locally and abroad. Sibeko first performed Black is Blue at the University of Witwatersrand in 2019, then again in 2021 at Nel Gallery in Cape Town, as well as La Frische Bell di Mai in France and the National Arts Festival in Makana.
Barbara Schroeder (b. 1964) was born in Kleve (Germany) and settled in 1984 in France. She studied at the University of Bordeaux III and at the school of fine art in Bordeaux, where she perfected her practice of engraving and obtained a Master’s degree in 1989 in which she focused on the Berlin Wall Paintings. Since then, she has developed a multidisciplinary artistic practice and has exhibited in numerous museums, contemporary art centers and galleries in Europe and South Africa.
In 2010 she was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2016, she won the first prize for sculpture at the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute, with a porcelain installation. Since 2020, she has been awarded to an associate member of the national academy of science, art and literature of Bordeaux.
Thokozani Mthiyane (b.1969) is a Johannesburg based artist. He has been influenced by his time spent under the tutelage of artists Sfiso KaMkame and Thami Jali . Mthiyane has experience in children’s theatre with the Madcap’s Educational Theatre Company, after which he had his first solo exhibition at the Flat Gallery in Durban.
Thokozani is self taught as an artist and began painting only when he was in his early 20s and has led an interesting life that has taken him from the streets of Claremont in Durban to working behind the counter at Exclusive Books in Rosebank, a residency in Normandy, France, and the bustling streets of Dakar (Senegal), Accra (Ghana) and Lagos (Nigeria).
He has exhibited for Alliance Française and Resolution Gallery in Johannesburg. In 2015 he had a solo exhibition titled “ Whetin dey happen Lagos/ Jozi” at Mzansi Gallery Johannesburg and a solo show in 2017 titled “Soul Songs: The shape of my head” at Art Eye Gallery in Johannesburg. Thokozani is currently based at Ellis Art Studios.