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Veiled Dreams

Person wearing a white dress with wind in their hair

Join South African artist Sethembile Msezane for 'Veiled Dreams', a site-specific performance in the Barbican Conservatory. 

Responding to the Barbican's Conservatory, performers will be stationed across the Conservatory where their bodies will be in dialogue with the foliage and natural environment. The piece centres collective rest and a communal dream space between the different species and lifeforms that inhabit the space. Audiences will be serenaded by soft soundscapes to evoke a meditative and dreamlike state.

Duration: approximately 15 minutes per show

Created by Sethembile Msezane

Produced by Janine Francois

Supported by Kane Husbands and Stella Odunlami


Sethembile Msezane

Sojourner Hazelwood-Connell

Dejean Brown

Gloria Akpoke

Naomi Mclean


Sethembile Msezane was born in 1991 in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Using interdisciplinary practice encompassing performance, photography, film, sculpture and drawing, Msezane creates commanding works heavy with spiritual and political symbolism. The artist explores issues around spirituality, commemoration and African knowledge systems. She processes her dreams as a medium through a lens of the plurality of existence across space and time, asking questions about the remembrance of ancestry. Part of her work has examined the processes of mythmaking which are used to construct history, calling attention to the absence of the black female body in both the narratives and physical spaces of historical commemoration.