Thania Petersen


Thania Petersen is a multi disciplinary artist whose discourses focus on photographic ‘self portraits’, installations, videos and multi sensory based performances.  Petersen adopts a breath and diversity which investigates the notions of displacement, spirituality in contemporary society and her definitions of what ‘freedom’ is. Her reference points include the history of colonial imperialism, contemporary westernized consumer culture and her deeply personal Asian /African heritage and Sufism.

Petersen studied at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art in London from 2001-2003. From 2000-2007 Petersen remained the resident painter of props and costumes for the London based Yaa Asantewa Arts Group at the Notting Hill Gate Carnival, before settling back in Cape Town full time. Thania was featured with Brundyn+ at the Cape Town Art Fair, the AVA booth at Johannesburg  and her first solo I AM ROYAL exhibition opened later that year at the AVA Gallery, Cape Town. 2016 included various exhibitions: Studio at the South African National Gallery, Essence at Durban Art Gallery and the AKAA Paris Art Fair in November. Remnants Petersen’s first solo presentation at Everard Read, Cape Town opened to huge acclaim in February 2017.  Further group exhibitions have followed in Australia, Germany and various South African public institutions. Petersen is represented in various public and private collections including The Durban Art Gallery, The IZIKO South African National Gallery, MOCCA- Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and The Kilbourn Collection in South Africa, The Jochen Zeitz Collection, Germany and The Yeojoo City Collection, South Korea.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 Remnants - Remnants, Everard Read, Cape Town
2015 I AM ROYAL - I AM ROYAL, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Everard Read Gallery booth, Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town
2017 All Things Being Equal..., Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town
Dislocation, Everard Read, Cape Town
Dear History: It’s Not Me, It’s You, LKB/G Gallery, Hamburg
Urban Axis, PS Art Space Fremantle, Perth, Australia
People and Portraiture, Everard Read, Cape Town
Beyond Binaries, Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts Museum
Past and Present Intersect, IZIKO National Gallery, Cape Town
2016 Studio, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Surface and Subtext, Everard Read, Cape Town
Essence Festival, Durban Art Gallery Museum
AKAA Paris Art Fair, Everard Read /CIRCA Booth. Paris
2015 AVA Gallery booth, Johannesburg Art Fair, Johannesburg
Brundyn+ Gallery booth, Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town
2005 The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale, Kyongg Province, Korea
2003 Annual Group Exhibition, Central Saint Martin's College of Art, London
2001 Carnival Group Exhibition, Tabernacle, Notting Hill Gate, London