Dear History: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Dear History: It’s Not Me, It’s You

From July 1 to July 22, 2017, LKB/G Gallery will present Dear History: It’s Not Me, by African artists Thania Petersen, Buhlebezwe Siwani and Grace Cross.  

Dear History: It’s Not Me, is about art as a powerful tool for reclaiming South Africa’s complex heritage, historical narratives and aesthetic imagery. Works are presented from a distinctly female perspective in an attempt to break, both physically and conceptually, from the loveless marriage between colonial past and patriarchal history. Excavating historic events and deeply subjective experiences, the exhibition aims to reinsert the lost chapters, forgotten heroes and unsung heroines of history that were erased by the colonial sneer.

Thania Petersen was born in 1980 in Cape Town, and holds a BTech in sculpture from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art, London. She is a multi disciplinary artist whose discourses focus on photographic self portraits, installations and multi sensory based performance. Petersen has featured her work in several exhibitions, including AVA Gallery booth, Johannesburg Art Fair, Sandton (2015); I Am Royal, AVA Gallery, Cape Town (2015); Brundyn+ Gallery booth, Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town (2015); and Surface and Subtext, Everard Read Cape Town, South Africa (2016).

Buhlebezwe Siwani was born in Johannesburg, holds a Bachelor of art degree from the Wits School of Art, and a Masters degree from Michealis School of Fine Art. Siwani works predominantly in the medium of performance and installation, she includes photographic stills and videos of some performances. She has had several performances at shows including Martienssen Prize Award, Museum Africa, Johannesburg (2010); Between Subject and Object, GIPCA Live Arts Festival, Cape Town (2014); Joburg Fringe, Johannesburg (2015); Deep Memory, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden (2017); and Being There, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris (2017).

Grace Cross was born in 1988 in Harare, Zimbabwe. She holds Bachelor degrees in english literature from the University of Cape Town, and from Michaelis School of Fine Art, as well as a Masters from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Cross is a painter who enacts symbols that represent questions about home, assumed gender roles in the domestic sphere, and security of space today for the foreign body. She has participated in several exhibitions both in South Africa and Chicago.



  1. Brilliant job, can’t expect less

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