WORKS: Senzeni Marasela – Exhibitions

Exhibitions by/with Senzeni Marasela

Solo exhibitions


Senzeni Marasela, Waiting for Gebane, Zeitz MOCAA, 18 Dec 2020 – 02 May 2021
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Zeitz MOCAA presents a solo show with the South African artist Senzeni Marasela. The exhibition traces significant themes in her practice, particularly in relation to the persona and alter ego of the artist, Theodorah. Inspired by, and in femage to her mother, Marasela has over the last sixteen years explored the role of black working women in South Africa, subjected to the devastating effects of migration, patriarchy, and apartheid. Through printmaking, drawing, performance, and mixed-media installations involving textiles and embroidery, Marasela’s work unpacks history, memory, and personal narrative, emphasising historical gaps and overlooked figures.


Senzeni Marasela, Waiting for Gebane: Dolly Parton. Toffee Gallery, Darling, South Africa
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Ijeremani Lam. blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa
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Covering Sarah, 2005. Linoleum cut print on archival paper.

Covering Sarah. 5 Pieces Gallery

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Review available here


Sarah, Theodora and Senzeni in Johannesburg. Art On Paper, Johannesburg, South Africa


Theodorah, Senzeni, and Sarah I, 2010 (detail). Series: Sarah Baartman Redressed.
Cotton cloth, cotton thread, lace, satin ribbon, 40.6 x 213.4 cm

Senzeni Marasela. Beyond Booty: Covering Sarah Baartman and other Tales. Axis Gallery, New York and New Jersey in association with submerged art, USA
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Witness. Art on Paper, Johannesburg, South Africa
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”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. Deveron Arts residency, Huntly, Scotland
Project report available here
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Press coverage of artist project on issuu


Theodorah and Other Women. Art on Paper, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Three Women, Three Voices. Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


Upstream Public Art Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Fresh. South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Group exhibitions


The Power of My Hands. Africa(s): Women Artists, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 16e, Paris, France.


Alpha Crucis: African Contemporary Art, Astrup Fearnley Museet , Oslo, Norway


I am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa. Smithsonian National African Museum, Washington, USA

Made Visible. Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Highly Personal: South African Artists and Their HandPrint Portrait, Stephen Daiter Gallery, River North, Chicago, Illinois, USA, curated by Gary Schneider.


Ravelled Threads. Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Afronova, Somerset House, London, UK

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Pioneer Works, New York, USA

Investec Cape Town Art Fair. Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa


Africa. Raccontare un Mondo. PAC, Milano, Italy
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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Afronova, Pioneer Works, New York, USA


FIGURE, blank projects. Cape Town, South Africa
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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Afronova, Somerset House, London, UK

KIN. HANGAR Centro de Investigação Artística, Lisbon, Portugal
Programme PDF available here


Representations of Otherness and Resistance, Johannes Stegmann Gallery, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
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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


Weather Report. University of Potchefstroom, North-West Province, South Africa

Trans- Africa: Africa curating Africa. ABSA Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa, (Travelling Exhibition)
Exhibition catalogue available here


Ongoing: Present Tense: Arts of Contemporary Africa. Newark Museum, New Jersey, US

Red. 5 Pieces Gallery, Berne, Switzerland

ME1. Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa


New traditions: Louise McCagg & Senzeni Marasela. collaboration at A.I.R. Gallery, in Association with Axis Gallery and Alma-on-Dobbin, New York, USA
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Impressions from South Africa: Printed Art/1965 to Now. The Paul J. Sachs Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, MoMA, New York, USA
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Impressions from South Africa: A Conversation with Justice Albie Sachs
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2010 – 2013

Translations into Jewelery. Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa – Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009 – 2011

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


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


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
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Jive Soweto. Hector Petersen Museum, Soweto, South Africa


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

Ranjith Kally, Senzeni Marasela, Ruth Motau. The Goodman Gallery.
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Click. Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


Ten Voices, Ten Years of Democracy. Public Art project of the City of Rome, Italy

Public Private. Auckland Public Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


The Body and the Archive. Artists’ Space, New York, USA


Aids in Africa. Wellesley College, Wellesley, USA


Sample E.C. Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Open House Exhibition, Umea Art Academy, Umea, Sweden


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
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Porträt Afrika. Haus der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Art Region End of Africa. Listafen Reykjavikur Kjarvalsstadir, Reyjavik, Iceland


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

Postcards from South Africa. Axis Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Truth Veils. Getrude Posel Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


Family Ties. Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Democracy’s Images. Bildmusset, Umea, Sweden

Women’s Voices. Mercedes Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany


Not Quite a Christmas Exhibition. Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Martienseen Prize Exhibition. Getrude Posel Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa



Johannesburg Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.
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Beijing Biennale, South African Representative. Beijing, China