Imfihlo

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Makhubu, Nomusa en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Searle, Berni en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Siwani, Buhlebezwe en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-22T13:20:24Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-22T13:20:24Z
dc.date.issued 2016 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Siwani, B. 2016. Imfihlo. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20623
dc.description.abstract The discourses of ritual, culture and ethics has, over the years, been a primarily ethnographic, philosophical and dramaturgical concern. Secrecy seems central in setting boundaries. Using ritual and culture as the common thread, I question the boundaries that are transgressed by contemporary South African artists in 'showing' and 'telling' things that are otherwise considered as secret. I discuss the ways in which my own practice as an artist and isangoma troubles the threshold. Considering the ideological function of the secret, my work examines the power relations implied in both keeping and divulging 'secrets'. This research poses the question: how does the performance or re-enactment of the secret elements of cultural and traditional practice in live, performance and installation art complicate cultural ethics? Through a discussion of my work, Imfihlo, as well as works by artists such as Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Churchill Madikida, Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren, I relate the role of secrecy in ideological structures with the trace. This concept exists throughout my research, whether it be in: forgotten histories; rituals and people (what the artist leaves behind); tracing space, or; by exploring the trace as an existential body, a trace of someone who once was, who exists in another realm, and many traces in one body. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Fine Art en_ZA
dc.title Imfihlo en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Michaelis School of Fine Art en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MFA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Siwani, B. (2016). <i>Imfihlo</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Michaelis School of Fine Art. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20623 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Siwani, Buhlebezwe. <i>"Imfihlo."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Michaelis School of Fine Art, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20623 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Siwani B. Imfihlo. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Michaelis School of Fine Art, 2016 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20623 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Siwani, Buhlebezwe AB - The discourses of ritual, culture and ethics has, over the years, been a primarily ethnographic, philosophical and dramaturgical concern. Secrecy seems central in setting boundaries. Using ritual and culture as the common thread, I question the boundaries that are transgressed by contemporary South African artists in 'showing' and 'telling' things that are otherwise considered as secret. I discuss the ways in which my own practice as an artist and isangoma troubles the threshold. Considering the ideological function of the secret, my work examines the power relations implied in both keeping and divulging 'secrets'. This research poses the question: how does the performance or re-enactment of the secret elements of cultural and traditional practice in live, performance and installation art complicate cultural ethics? Through a discussion of my work, Imfihlo, as well as works by artists such as Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Churchill Madikida, Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren, I relate the role of secrecy in ideological structures with the trace. This concept exists throughout my research, whether it be in: forgotten histories; rituals and people (what the artist leaves behind); tracing space, or; by exploring the trace as an existential body, a trace of someone who once was, who exists in another realm, and many traces in one body. DA - 2016 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2016 T1 - Imfihlo TI - Imfihlo UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20623 ER - en_ZA


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