SOLO SHOWS

2020
Waiting for Gebane, Zeitz Mocaa, Cape Town, South Africa

2018
Senzeni Marasela, Waiting for Gebane: Dolly Parton, Toffee Gallery, Darling, South Africa

2017
FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, AFRONOVA GALLERY, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010
Senzeni Marasela. Beyond Booty: Covering Sarah Baartman and other Tales, Axis Gallery, New York and New Jersey in association with submerged art, USA

2009
“Oh my God you look like shit. Who let you out of the house looking like that?”, Solo performance, Sternersen Museum, Oslo, Norway
JONGA – Look at Me! A Museum of Women, Dolls and Memories, Devon Arts residency, Devon, Scotland

GROUP SHOWS

2020 – 2021
The Power of My Hands, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France

Ubuntu – Five Rooms from the Harry David Collection, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, Athens, Greece

2020
Sous le fil, les abattoirs, Toulouse, France
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA, New York, USA
We’ve come to take you Home, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa
Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art, curated by André Magnin, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway

2019
Paris Photo, Joburg, in collaboration with Magnin-a, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Yesterday is Today’s Memory, curated by Armelle Dakouo, Espace Commines, Paris, France
21 st Anniversary Exhibition of the Ampersand Foundation Awards, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Highly Personal: South African Artists and Their HandPrint Portraits, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, USA
All Dolled Up, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, USA
Speculative Inquiry #1 (on abstraction), Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA, Industria, New York, USA
I am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art , Washington, USA
Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

2018 – 2019
Soft Power, Transpalette, Bourges, France

2018
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA GALLERY, Somerset House, London, UK
Unravelled Threads, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA, Pioneer Works, New York, USA
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

2017
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA GALLERY, Somerset House, London, UK
Africa. Raccontare un Mondo, PAC, Milan, Italy
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA, Pioneer Works, New York, USA

2016
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA, Somerset House, London, UK
KIN, HANGAR Centro de Investigação Artística, Lisbon, Portugal

2014
Ik Beem Afrikander, Johannesburg, South Africa
Contemporary South African Art Exhibition, Yale University, New Haven, USA
Nomad Bodies, Royal Academy of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium – Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa

2013
Weather Report, Univeristy of Potchefstroom, North-West Province, South Africa
Africa curating Africa, ABSA Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa, (Travelling Exhibition)

2012
Ongoing: Present Tense: Arts of Contemporary Africa, Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA
Red, 5 Pieces Gallery, Berne, Switzerland

2011
New traditions: Louise McCagg & Senzeni Marasela, collaboration at A.I.R. Gallery, in Association with Axis Gallery and Alma-on-Dobbin, New York, USA
Impressions from South Africa: Printed Art/1965 to Now, The Paul J. Sachs Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, MoMA, New York, USA

2009 – 2011
DARKROOM: South African Photography and New Media 1950 – Present, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, USA – Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, USA

2009
Dystopia, Unisa Art Gallery,  Pretoria, South Africa – Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa – Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Mangaung, Bloemfontein, South Afrifca – Jan Colle Galerij, Ghent, Belgium.
Beauty and Pleasure, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway
Unbounded: New Art for a New Century, Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA
Developing Democracy: A New Focus on South African Photography, Kyle Kauffman, Gallery, New York, USA

2008
Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Black Womanwood: Icons, Images and Ideologies of the African Body, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA- Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, USA – San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, USA

2007
Jive Soweto, Hector Petersen Museum, Soweto, South Africa

2006
Erase Me from Who I Am, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

2005
Click,  Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2004
Ten Voices, Ten Years of Democracy, Public Art project of the City of Rome, Italy
Public Private, Auckland Public Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2003
The Body and the Arcvhive, Artists’ Space, New York, USA

2001
Sample E.C, Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Open House Exhibition, Umea Art Academy, Umea, Sweden

2000
Margins in the Mainstream, Namibian National Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia
Translation/Seduction/Displacement: Post-Conceptual and Photographic Work, South African Artists, White Box, New York, USA
Potrat Afrika, Haus der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Art Region End of Africa, Listafen Reykjavikur Kjarvalsstadir, Reyjavik, Iceland

1999
Market Photo Workshop Exhibition, Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1998
Democracy’s Images, Bildmusset, Umea, Sweden
Women’s Voices, Mercedes Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

ALPHA CRUCIS – CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART
English
Published by Astrup Fearnley Museum
2020

SENZENI MARASELA – THEODORAH AND GEBANE: DOLLY PARTON
English
Published by Toffee Gallery
2018

TRANSITION #123
English
Published by Hutchins Center for African and Afro American Research
2017

AFRICA, RACCONTARE UN MUNDO
English
Published by PAC Milano
2017

ART, IDENTITY AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY: SENZENI MARASELA AND LALLA ESSAYDI
English
Published by University of California Press
2015

REPRESENTATIONS OF OTHERNESS AND RESISTANCE IN AFRICA 
English
Published by johannes Stegman Art Gallery
2015

TRANS-AFRICA. AFRICA CURATING AFRICA
English
Published by Johannesburg Absa Art Gallery
2013

PRIVATE LIVES AND PUBLIC CULTURES IN SOUTH AFRICA 
English
Published by Cultural Studies #27
2013

REPRESENTATION AND BLACK WOMANHOOD : THE LEGACY OF SARAH BAARTMAN
English
Published by Smithsonian Libraries
2011

AFRICAN ARTS #45
English
Published by UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center
2012

JONGA: LOOK AT ME: MUSEUM OF WOMEN, DOLLS AND MEMORIES
English
Published by Deveron Projects
2009

UNBOUNDED
English
Published by Newark Museum
2009

SOUTH AFRICAN ART NOW
English
Published by Harper Design
October 2009

DARKROOM
English
Published by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
October 2009

10 YEARS, 100 ARTISTS
English
Published by Struik Publishers
July 2005

HISTORY AFTER APARTHEID
English
Published by Duke University Press Books
November 2003

FRESH
English
Published by South African National Gallery
2001

Senzeni Marasela, Kunst Aspekte, February 2020

Le PDF des Meilleures Expos 2020, le Journal des Arts, January 2020

Expo, Hier est la Mémoire d’Aujourd’hui, Africa Vivre, November 2019

Hier est la mémoire d’aujourd’hui à l’espace Commines, Le Tour de l’Art, November 2019

Women’s Voices ring with a resounding Roar in this new show, Smithsonian Magazine, July 2019

I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa, Group Show, Contemporary &, June 2019

South African Fashion and Identity, Africanah.org, June 2019

African Mobilities and the African City, Mail and Guardian, November 2018

The Place Of Sara Baartman At UCT, The Daily Vox, March 2018

Not a VIP? Here Are the Best Frieze Week Events Everyone Can Attend, artnet news, October 2017

Artist Talk with Senzeni Marasela, By Koyo Kouoh, 1:54 FORUM London, October 2017

Politica, economia, tradizione e futuro: lʼarte africana sbarca a Milano, TGCOM 24, August 2017

Raccontare un mondo. L’Africa subsahariana in mostra al PAC di Milano, Artslife, July 2017

PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, E-Flux, July 2017

Africa, Telling a World, Vogue Italy, June 2017

Raccontare l’Africa. Al Pac di Milano 33 artisti esplorano un continene, le opere, La Repubblica, June 2017

‘Covering Sarah’ Exorcises Pain, Mail and Guardian, March 2017

Black Portraiture[s] III: Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures, Mail and Guardian, November 2016

London Updates: poche sorprese da 1:54. La fiera dell’arte africana non convince, Artribune, October 2016

56th Venice Biennale, An Uneven African Presence, Another Africa, May 2015

SA trips as Joburg lands on the steps of the Venice Biennale, Mail & Guardian, April 2015

Senzeni Mthwakazi Marasela, Profile of 2015 Future Great Artist, selected by Koyo Kouoh, Art Review, March 2015

Continents in Conversation, The New York Times, November 2014

Senzeni Marasela, Africanah, October 2014

Senzeni Marasela: In Character and in a state of perpetual performance, Business Day Live, August 2014

Sarah Baartman Focus, Sowetan Live, July 2011

The Museum of Modern Art highlights Impressions of South Africa From 1965 to Now, Art Daily, March 2011

Controversy, change and art, Sowetan Live, December 2010

Waiting for Gebane, Embroidery on Kaffir Sheet

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Izithombe Zendawo Esizithandayo 2017

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Failing 2016 – ongoing

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Waiting for Gebane 2015 – 2016

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The Mine Cleaner, 2015

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Sarah, Senzeni and Theodorah come to Joburg

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Covering Sarah Baartman, 2012

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We will read the Citizen Press, 2012

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Theodorah comes to Johannesburg, 2006

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Theodorah comes to Johannesburg, 2004

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Stompie Seipei, 1998 – 2019

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Senzeni Marasela

Born in 1977 in Thokoza, South Africa. Lives and works in Soweto, South Africa.

Marasela is a cross-disciplinary artist who explores photography, video, prints, and mixed-medium installations involving textiles and embroidery. Her work deals with history, memory, and personal narrative, emphasising historical gaps and overlooked figures. She graduated from the University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, in 1998, and shortly thereafter completed a residency at the South African National Gallery, culminating in her work for the Gallery’s Fresh exhibition series. Marasela’s work has been widely exhibited in South Africa, Europe, and the United States. Her work features in prominent local and international collections, including the Newark Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and MoMA, New York, as well as some private collections such as the Leridon collection in Paris, the Harry David collection in Athens, and the Sindika Dokolo collection in Angola.

She was part of the 56th Johannesburg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2015). Solo exhibitions include: Oh my God you look like shit. Who let you out of the house looking like that? (Solo performance, Sternersen Museum, Oslo: 2009); JONGA – Look at Me! A Museum of Women, Dolls and Memories (Devon Arts Residency: 2009); Three Women, Three Voices (Johannesburg Art Gallery: 2004); and Fresh (South African National Gallery, Cape Town: 2000). Group exhibitions include: Black Womanwood: Icons, Images and Ideologies of the African Body (Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire and the San Diego Museum of Art: 2008); Impressions from South Africa: Printed Art/1965 to Now (MoMA, New York: 2011); DARKROOM: South African Photography and New Media 1950 – Present (Virginia Museum of Fine Art and the Birmingham Museum of Art: 2013). More recently, she was part of I am…Contemporary Women Artists of Africa (Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC: 2019), and Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: 2019). Upcoming exhibitions include, The Power of my hands, (Museum of Modern Art, Paris: 2021) and Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection. Marasela’s practice has been contextualised in the following publications; Jonga: Look at Me: Museum of Women, Dolls and Memories (2009), Unbounded (2009), South African Art Now (2009), Darkroom (2009), 10 Years, 100 Artists (2005), History After Apartheid (2003), FRESH (2001) etc…