PE-born performer uses art to inspire social change

2018-11-07 06:00

ART practitioner Wezile Mgibe will bring Death Graduates, a performance consisting of installation and visual art, to Bay audiences next month.

The work is a response to the number of learners and students murdered in schools and universities. The performance forms part of a series of ongoing works around post-traumatic events, called In These Streets.

Mgibe, who was born in Port Elizabeth, uses performance art and visual art as a tool for social change and exercises strong improvisation skills in doing so.

In his practice, Mgibe aims at interrogating the dynamics of site, culture and place by exploring collaborative working models, engaging on community work and critical thinking. He is trained in various dance disciplines, particularly contemporary dance, jazz and modern.

He possesses a strong musical theatre background, working alongside respected theatre makers. Mgibe is a creative director of In Site, a movement workshop which takes place in Port Elizabeth.

He continues to build a relationship with the community by being involved in programmes such as The Arts and Culture Building Block Programme as a co-facilitator.

Mgibe’s work is to bring value to the African practice, internal healing within the community, dignity to black bodies and to contemporary art.

He will be performing Death Graduates at ArtEC in Bird Street, Central, on November 17 at 13:00. The cost is R30 per person.

There will be a talk after the performance.

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