Sethembile Msezane (ZA) - præsenteres i samarbejde med ARoS

Signal Her Return III
south africa


Harsh and touching South African performance about historical violence against women, colonial oppression, power, spirituality, healing and love. Music, storytelling and a scenography with long braids and candles. A special event in connection with ARoS’ exhibition “This is not Africa – Unlearn what you have learned”.

Mar 27 2021 - Mar 27 2021
Kr. 0 - Kr. 0
Big Stage


In collaboration with ARoS Aarhus Art Museum Bora Bora presents a performance by the South African performance artist Sethembile Msezane.

Sethembile Msezane will guide us through a harsh and touching tale of historical violence against women, colonial oppression, power, spirituality, healing and love. Msezane’s performance is entitled “Signal Her Return III” and it is accompanied by voice-over sound, music, numerous props, such as long braids of artificial hair as well as candles.

“Signal Her Return III” is presented in as part of a larger performance program, which takes place during the day and evening on Saturday 27 March at ARoS and Bora Bora, respectively. This programme also shows performances with artists Bernard Akoi Jackson (Ghana), Robel Temesgen (Ethiopia) and Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola (Nigeria). The program, curated by Lotte Løvholm and Mavis Tetteh-Ocloo, is a special addition to the exhibition “This Is Not Africa – Unlearn What You Have Learned”, which is shown at ARoS in the period March 27 to October 24, 2021. Read more on ARoS’ website.

When: March 27, 2021 at 16.00
Duration: 30 min.
The event is free, but due to a limited number of places, advance registration is required.
The doors open 15 minutes before the start of the performance.

Sethembile Msezane

Sethembile Msezane was born in 1991 in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

She was awarded a Masters in Fine Arts in 2017 from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, where she also completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012.

Using interdisciplinary practice encompassing performance, photography, film, sculpture and drawing, Msezane creates commanding works heavy with spiritual and political symbolism. The artist explores issues around spirituality, commemoration and African knowledge systems. She processes her dreams as a medium through a lens of the plurality of existence across space and time, asking questions about the remembrance of ancestry. Part of her work has examined the processes of mythmaking which are used to construct history, calling attention to the absence of the black female body in both the narratives and physical spaces of historical commemoration.

Read more at Sethembile Msezane’s website.

Performance photos by Tom Morley (Courtesy New Art Exchange).