South African Painter and Writer

South African painter and art writer Thembeka Heidi Sincuba has been practicing for over ten years, exhibiting across the globe, writing for publications such as Mail&Guardian SA, and teaching art practice and art history at various South African Universities.



I was called Heidi because I was born into a sect founded in the 1970s by German Missionaries in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal. Kwasizabantu Mission has been the subject of much scandal over the years involving exploitation, political crimes, sexual abuse and murder.

Needless to say, my childhood was morbid. When I was 7-years-old, shortly after she had proudly been a voting station volunteer for the IEC at the first democtratic elections of South Africa, my mother escaped the mission with my aunt, my brothers and I.

This idea of escaping, of daring to strike out on my own and march to the beat my own drum remains my greatest inheritance from my mother and the great black philosophical tradition of fugitivity.

Whichever institution or idea I have been fortunate enough to fathom, it is my commitment to the intellectual and spiritual work of departure that has made me most proud.

My path is to serve those who cannot settle for what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls the 'single story'. To help harness a language for the dizzying dialectics of multiplicity.

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