Thania Petersen is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses photography, performance and installation to address the intricacies and complexities of her identity in contemporary South Africa.
Petersen’s reference points sit largely in Islam and in creating awareness about its religious, cultural and traditional practices. She attempts to unpack contemporary trends of Islamophobia through her analysis of the continuing impact of colonialism, European and American imperialism, and the increasing influence of right-wing ideologies.
Threads in her work include the history of colonialist imperialism in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the social and cultural impact of westernised consumer culture. Her work is also informed by her Cape Malay heritage, and the practice of Sufi Islamic religious ceremonies.
Petersen studied at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art in London. She has held two solo exhibitions -- in 2016 at the AVA, Cape Town and in 2017 at the Everad Read Gallery, Cape Town. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions both locally and abroad. Petersen was awarded the Thami Mnyele Residency in Amsterdam in 2019, and was included in the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art’s AfricAsia Symposium.
Petersen is represented in various public and private collections including The Durban Art Gallery, The Iziko South African National Gallery, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), The Kilbourn Collection, The Jochen Zeitz Collection, and The Yeojoo City Collection, South Korea.
|ARTWORKS||DATE / TIMEFRAME||LOCATION|
|KASSARAM||Fri 7th May 7:30pm to 9pm Settle Down||Church Square|
|KASSARAM||Sat 8th May 7:30pm to 9pm Settle Down||Church Square|
|Taxi Project||Sat 22nd May From 13h00||Front of Cape Town Station|