Her video works resemble investigations that fundamentally question the emergence and spread of knowledge. She often works with text-based media, video and installation art, always drawing on the theory that art forms such as film and sonic engagements, as a way to create a sense of belonging and solidarity between narratives within and beyond the African continent and its many placements within a global context.
Her interest lies in telling personal, transgenerational and socio-historical stories and weaving them into a web. These narratives raise issues that preoccupy her and pose questions that she wrestles with at times. The use of sound and oral narratives, publications ‒ and their dissemination ‒ form a large part of her artistic practice.
Simnikiwe Buhlungu currently lives in Amsterdam, where she has started her two
year residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten.