artist / participant

press release

Senzeni Marasela
May 29–August 9, 2020

Zeitz MOCAA presents a long-due institutional focus on the work of Senzeni Marasela. 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. The exhibition traces significant themes in her practice, particularly in relation to the persona and alter ego of the artist, Theodora.

Inspired by, and in homage 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. In an ongoing action that blurs the lines between performativity and everyday life, Marasela has been wearing exclusively the same red dress, as a celebration of unsung, female figures. This is also a recurring motif in her fibre-based embroidery works, which are richly textured and detailed.