BAQA, 2016 (film still), digital video, 7 minutes 47 secs, Edition of 5, Courtesy What If The World Gallery

BAQA, 2016 (film still), digital video, 7 minutes 47 secs, Edition of 5, Courtesy What If The World Gallery

Afrovibes presents Thania Petersen

Opening Wednesday October 9th
Time: 5 – 8 pm at No Man’s Art Gallery

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 colonial 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.

Thania Petersen has received the Thami Mnyele Foundation Award and will stay in Amsterdam as artist-in-residence at the studio of the Thami Mnyele Foundation.

The exhibition runs until December 1st.