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iQhiya (Collective)

iQhiya  (founded 2015, in Cape Town, South Africa)  iQhiya is a network and collective of black women artists with members from around South Africa and Botswana, and currently working between Cape Town and Johannesburg. The founding members include Bronwyn Katz, Bonolo Kavula, Asemahle Ntlonti, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Matlhogonolo Kelapile, Sethembile Msezane, Lungiswa Gqunta, Thulile Gamedze, Sisipho Ngodwana, Thandie Msebenzi, and Tshiamo Naledi Letlhogonolo Pinky Mayeng (1993-2017), who passed away on August 13th, 2017.

iQhiya's members all have backgrounds in formal art education, where conversations arose around colonial institutional art spaces, art, history and politics, resulting ultimately in a shared project of communal creative support, as well as collaborative artworks. The artists work together in a loose and fluid manner, however, even when members are engaged primarily in their own work, there is a collective conceptual groundwork informing the creative production coming from the group.

iQhiya's solo shows include iQhiya II and iQhiya I, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Gallery, Durban (2017), and the AVA Gallery, Cape Town (2016) respectively.

Their group shows include most recently their participation in Documenta14's exhibitions (Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany, 2017), as well as in the 2016 Joburg Art Fair (Johannesburg, South Africa), and in two of Iziko's Museum Night series (Cape Town, South Africa, 2016).  iQhiya is not currently represented by any galleries.

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