Wezile Mgibe


Wezile Mgibe is an art practitioner whose interdisciplinary practice encompasses performance, film, installation as a tool for social change. His work confronts prejudices and advocates against social inequality and creates a platform for critical self- reflexivity within unwelcoming spaces. Mgibe’s work is influenced by how things have come to existence, as well as motivations behind certain movements, reactions, human behaviors, and mostly how these become symbols. A contemporary trained movement artist who runs an onsite project in the public realm is very interested in the concept of Belonging. Mgibe is a 2019 David Koloane award recipient, Arts & Culture Trust Finalist Recipient for 2020. His body of work has been witnessed across the country including at Iziko National Gallery (SA), Norval Foundation, FNB Art Joburg, Centre for Applied Human Rights Hub (UK), Hangar Online (Portugal), and Institute for Creative Arts (SA).


Artist Statement

In my practice, I have been deliberate in highlighting voices, bodies, and objects that reflect human behavior, and I have been conscious about my ability to being loved and offering love, which is integral to the process of internal healing. I believe my motivations have emerged from my surroundings and experiences of others shared during my traveling, the story is much powerful when you meet in person and allow one to project them in any way comfortable, to me it brings safety, kindness,and a room to welcoming spaces, to which I strongly relate. I have developed an awareness that I am not unique, but that all people are on a journey of discovery as one that addresses social change, and one that requires us to face and perhaps forgive some very difficult realities. These are the things we all love to treasure, time is precious but you can make one beautiful visual to remind you and echo all those memories. I envision my work as assisting humans to find their voices, despite their marginalization and exclusion from public and social spaces because of their economic status, background, gender, or sexual orientation. I would wish my work to act as an inspiration to people to find hope, courage, and healing, and provide a platform to enable people to share deep feelings, without violating their sense of self or exposing them to further trauma.