Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren

Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren

Performance Artist

During dinner, She Inspires Art guests will be treated to an adaptation of Uncles & Angels, a performance and video collaboration between Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren.  

Nelisiwe Xaba in Uncles & Angels by Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren, 2013.
Image courtesy of the artists.
Prints and film editions available from Goodman Gallery, South Africa

Nelisiwe Xaba is an award-winning artist with an international practice. Born and raised in Dube, Soweto, Xaba began her vibrant career in dance almost 20 years ago. Xaba’s seminal works such as Plasticization and They Look At Me & That’s All They Think have toured to various parts of the world for the past several years. A performance by Xaba forms part of Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive at the South African pavilion exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale.


Nelisiwe Xaba in Uncles & Angels by Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren, 2013. Image courtesy of the artists. 

Mocke J van Veuren is an educator, filmmaker and artist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has worked in publishing and arts research, national qualifications development, as a professional animator, and, since 2002, as a lecturer in Multimedia and digital filmmaking. Throughout this time he has continued to produce experimental films in various media, as well as collaborating on theatrical performances.

In 2004, he started the collaborative Minutes Project with Theresa Collins, documenting aspects of life in Johannesburg via time-lapse photography. The Minutes Project has resulted in work widely exhibited locally and internationally.

Since 2006 van Veuren has collaborated with choreographer and performer Nelisiwe Xaba in the creation of various performative works dealing with race, gender and sexuality, including The Venus, Black!... White? (sound composition) and Uncles & Angels.

Represented by: Goodman Gallery