Zethu Zizwe Ruby Maseko's work explores ancient and contemporary mythology in relation to identity. She practices indigenising her internal and external conversation around the human experience, specifically in relation to water and interconnectedness with the land. She works across performance, film, costume, tapestry, sound and often deliver workshops.
Zethu describes herself as a Cultural worker, artist, curator and is founder and practicing member of North London Creative Resistance. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2020 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art and on graduating was awarded the Nicholas and Andrie Tooth Travelling Scholarship and selected for New Contemporaries 2020. For recognition of her workshops, she received the Young Achiever Future Leader Award from Universal Peace Federation at UK Parliament 2019.
Zethu was recipient of the Peter Stanley Prize 2017 and the Tuwezeshe Akina Dada Fellowship Grant 2018 along with other grants.
Zethu has exhibited in various group and solo shows, including New Contemporaries Digital platform 2020, The Hub Black History Month 2020, Project X CCA Glasgow 2019, Deptford Cinema June 2018, NonDual presents: Project OneTake performance & film screening at Hoxton Cabin 2018, Themselves at The Five Bells 2018, Self-protection Manifesto Institute of Contemporary Arts LONDON 2018.
Zethu has completed a residency at POPArt Johannesburg 2018 and has an upcoming residency at The Workshop Cape Town 2021. Zethu is currently curating a screening for the ‘South by South’ program at South London Gallery screening in Feb 2021.
Zethu has completed workshops with New Contemporaries 2020, The Institute of Contemporary Arts London 2018, Limkokwing University Swaziland 2019, Sithand’izingane Care Project South Africa 2018-2019 and banner making workshops for BLM protests with North London Creative Resistance 2020.