Lindiwe Matshikiza

Lindiwe Matshikiza

South Africa

Creative / Artist African Digital Art
Lindiwe Matshikiza is a multidirectional artist working with writing, directing, dramaturgy, music and performance in a variety of media and modes. She uses her background and training in theatre-making as a base from which to approach other kinds of work, often collaborative, exploratory projects that take on more than one form over time. Lindiwe’s work is characterised by a strong emphasis on the holistic process, with the awareness that each process comes with its own set of challenges, circumstances, environments, people, community needs.

She has worked with a variety of creative partners using this experimental approach, including children and youth participating in the Hillbrow Theatre Project, Market Theatre Laboratory and with Market Photo Workshop students and groups consisting of both professional theatre-makers and untrained members of the public. Furthermore she has collaborated with temporary interdisciplinary collectives of artists - such as JHB Massive and mmm collective - developing a shared practice as they go. In each instance the processes have led to unique outcomes ranging from site-specific performances and partly-improvised street performance within local communities, to interactive installations and playful events in multi-use spaces.

Lindiwe has been an artist-in-residence at Many Studios (Glasgow), Ithuba Gallery (Johannesburg), Is’Art Galerie (Antananarivo) and Vila Sul (Salvador, Bahia). She has been a fellow of The Camargo Foundation (Cassis) and Institute for Creative Arts (Cape Town). Having spent the last year travelling, her interest has turned to correspondence art, particularly in the form of creative writing – practicing slow, long-term, call-and-response and collaborative writing processes with partners all over the world.

Faku'gesi History

Fak'ugesi 2016: Afro Tech Riot - participating artist