In collaboration with the Afrovibes Festival, the artist Thania Petersen from South Africa has been selected for the Thami Mnyele Foundation Award. Thania Petersen will stay at the artist residency of  Thami Mnyele Foundation in October.

During her residency in Amsterdam, Thania will participate in multiple activities in Afrovibes Festival, including an exhibition Speak Truth to Power  which will take place in several venues as below.

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
3 - 5 October Free

Rotterdam | Kunsthal
6 - 13 October € 14,- (with discount € 7,-)

Amsterdam | De Balie
3 - 30 October Free

Amsterdam | No man's Art Gallery
3 October - 30 November Free

Thania Petersen was born in Cape Town and later moved to the UK with her family when her father was exiled under the apartheid regime. Petersen studied at the Central St Martin’s College of Art in London (2001 –2003) and went on to do apprenticeships in Zimbabwe (2004) with sculptor Sylvester Mubayi and in South Korea (2005) where she trained under ceramist Hwang Yea Sook and participated in the South Korean Ceramic Biennale. Throughout her travels, Petersen remained the resident painter of props and costumes for the London based Yaa Asantewa Arts Group at the Notting Hill Gate Carnival (2000 –2007).

In 2007 Petersen returned to Cape Town where she currently lives and works. Her work often takes the form of self-portraiture, installation, and multi-sensory based performance.

Through her work, Petersen addresses the identity politics of the problematic term ‘Cape Malay’ or ‘Cape Coloured’, coined by the apartheid regime.

Her practice expands on her Indonesian heritage and her experiences of Islam. She stakes her claim to these heritages, cultures, and histories through the use of costume, defining personas to explore the nuances of her identity.


Thami Mnyele Foundation alumni Razia Barsati (Suriname), will take part in The Great Suriname exhibition in the Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam, 5 October 2019 - 2 February 2020. 

"Razia Barsatie plays an important role in the Surinamese art world, her work and approach to teaching marks that of a new generation. Paintings of the faya lobie, djompo voetoe and the spectacular inlands are an important part of the Surinamese cultural expression. Alongside are those artists such as Razia Barsatie who touch upon the understanding of their culture, their history and the entrenched prejudices that are still aspects of daily life."

The Great Suriname Exhibition tells the fascinating story of the country and its inhabitants, a community of people from different backgrounds. The exhibition covers the entire cultural history of Suriname, from the earliest settlements to the independent republic it is today.

Thami Mnyele Foundation alumni Option Dzikamai Nyahunzvi (Zimbabwe) presents his drawings 'Zviyera Yera (taboos)'  as part of the exhibition 'Helende Kracht' in museum voor Volkenkunde in Leiden till 5 January 2020.

The drawings 'Zviyera Yera (taboos)' show the relationship between the observable world and the world of the ancestors.

Thami Mnyele Foundation alumni Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi (South Africa) recently participated in the exhibition "Staying afloat" at SBK / Galerie 23 in Amsterdam.

Though the exhibition is finished, you may still visit the venue and see the brilliant works of Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi.

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