Simnikiwe Buhlungu (b. 1995) is a Johannesburg-based artist, having recently obtained her BA (Fine Art) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her work has existed in a variety of forms though a number of exhibitions and spaces.
Through print and text based mediums and often taking form of sensory, video and installation based forms, her interest in navigating through the personal, experience, transgenerational and socio-historical narratives presents itself as a complex web of [re]imagined engagements surrounding, but not exclusive to, issues surrounding the positionality of the aforementioned lived experiences in relation to language and knowledge production(s) - which are [un]written, [un]spoken, [un]performed, made [in]visible. Her practice begins to develop into conversation between posing questions - not quite attempting to provide answers - to the ideas with which she is wrestling.
She is one of the members of the Johannesburg based collective, Title in Transgression. Recent projects through the collective include Mangolo , which was presented at the I’m not Who You think I’m not #10 public programme at the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.
Buhlungu also engages with publications and as an extension of her practice.
Exhibitions, presentations, projects
Lephephe Print Gatherings 2 (with Title in Transgression and Keleketla! Library), Keleketla! Library (Johannesburg)
STATE PROOF (with Nathaniel Sheppard III & Chad Cordiero) Writing for the Ear/Writing for the Eye. Curated by Bhavisha Panchia and Bettina Malcomess, The Centre for Less Good Idea (Johannesburg)
STATE PROOF (with Nathaniel Sheppard III & Chad Cordiero) DJ Set at Flourish. Kitchener's Carvery Bar. (Johannesburg)
The Reading Room (with Alphabet Zoo & Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi).
Workshop and group exhibition, Goethe-Institut. (Johannesburg)
shady tactics. Group exhibition. Curated by Thuli Gamedze, SMAC Gallery (Cape Town)
WIELS Residency Programme. Residency. WIELS Contemporary Art Centre. (Brussels, Belgium)
Mangolo (with Title In Transgression and TransAction Study Group of Royal Institute of Arts and Tensta Konstall). Research Project. (Stockholm, Sweden) [ongoing]
These Home Affairs (with Title In Transgression). Curated by Dr Same Mdluli.
NIROX Winter Sculpture Fair 2017, NIROX Sculpture Park (Krugersdorp)
Ode to the Skreets. Mural, Stevenson Gallery (Johannesburg)
One Colour at A Time. Group Exhibition, Wits Art Museum (Johannesburg)
WE WON’T MOVE! Curated by Sikhumbuzo Makandula . VideoArt!, Joburg Art Fringe (Johannesburg)
#BhekaInTransgression (with Title In Transgression). Bheka Window Residency, Room Gallery & Projects (Johannesburg)
Wits Young Artist Award 2017 . (Awarded runner-up). Group exhibition, The Point of Order (Johannesburg)
Proclamation (with Title In Transgression). Research residency with Rera Letsema, Keleketla! Library (Johannesburg)
AABF - African Art Book Fair (with Title in Transgression), La Colonie (Paris, France)
Visual Arts Symposium (VAS) Egoli 2017 (with Black Mark Collective Critical Thought). Symposium presentation, Market Photo Workshop (Johannesburg)
Artists’ Books for Everything. Publication exhibition, Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen ( Bremen, Germany)
SghubuSoundSystem 1 . Keleketla! Library (Johannesburg).
Lephephe Print Gatherings 1 (with Title in Transgression and Keleketla! Library), Keleketla! Library (Johannesburg)
NEWWORK18. Graduate exhibition, Wits School of the Arts & The Point of Order (Johannesburg)
Travel. Group exhibition, Fourthwall Books (Johannesburg) ;
THATARTFAIR (Cape Town)
Occupation. Group exhibition, The Point of Order (Johannesburg)
Otherwise. Group exhibition, Sosesame Gallery (Johannesburg)
Interlude. Group exhibition, No End Contemporary Gallery (Johannesburg)
Consistency: Print Portfolio. Group exhibition, Assemblage (Johannesburg)
Wits Young Artist Award 2016. (Awarded Runner - up). Group exhibition, The Point of Order (Johannesburg)
Kunsthalle 3000. (With Thomas Gieger). Site Specific Installation, Beyers Naude Square (Johannesburg)
Doing it for Daddy: 10 Years On. Symposium presentation, Rhodes University (Grahamstown)
BodaBoda Video Lounge . Travelling group exhibition (Various Locations within Africa)
In Loving Memory of Title in Transgression. (with Title in Transgression), NGO (Nothing Gets Organised) (Johannesburg)
Free Lettering Translationsisms . Publication published on Mark Pezinger Verlag ( Johannesburg and Vienna, Austria)