Senzeni Marasela - Covering The Hottenton Venus VII
Watercolour and pencil in red on archival 300mg paper
Signed by the artist
Size: 42 x 29.7 cm
SENZENI MARASELA - ARTIST INFO
Senzeni Marasela's (1977, Thokoza/South Africa) work looks directly at the lives of Black Women. She begins with looking at the life of her mother, Theodorah. Her mother came to Johannesburg as migrant labourers alongside many other women of her generation. Her experience was however traumatic and resulted in many problems for her. She refuses to go to the city of Johannesburg. Therefore Senzeni Marasela finds way of making her a part of this great city in her work "Theodorah Comes Johannesburg", 2005. She is also interested in how the image of the black women is generated. This inspired her to find black dolls which are mostly despised by children. The figure of Senzeni Marasela and Theodorah has taken on a task to clothe the Hottentots Venus. Because she no longer appears naked in Senzeni Marasela's work it means for us we have to begin a new journey into the discourse about the lives of black women. Her work features in prominent local and international collections, including MoMA, New York.