SANELL AGGENBACH

BIOGRAPHY

(b. 1975, Cape Town, South Africa)

BIOGRAPHY

 

Sanell Aggenbach’s work deals primarily with the intersection of history and private narratives by considering the process of recall and interpretation. Her work displays an accomplished virtuosity as she moves comfortably between the various disciplines of painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Since 2003, Aggenbach has focused mainly on subverted feminine tropes and feminist themes. In her most recent solo exhibition, Bend to Her Will, she subtly and mischievously reframed the hobbyist art of flower arranging by appropriating the traditionally masculine art of Japanese Ikebana. Her sculptural work, primarily in bronze, parody Western masterpieces from Michelangelo, Henry Moore, and Warhol to Pierneef and take a refreshing look at these pivotal references from a woman’s perspective.

 Born in Cape Town in 1975, Aggenbach currently lives and works in Woodstock, Cape Town. Her explorative work has secured her many achievements including winning the  Absa L’Atelier Award in 2003. Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including Sasol, Absa, Spier, SABC, Red Bull (Austria), the South African National Gallery, 21C Museum in Kentucky (USA) and Anglo Gold.

 “My earlier works relied heavily on processing found imagery, rethinking associations and creating new fictions. These works were often an amalgamation of historic references with private narratives and forms part of a process of investigating pathologies and deconstructing the past. My primary intention is to construct subtle paradoxes by introducing a quite humour, either formally or materially.”

 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 2019      

The Heart Has Many Rooms, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2017

Bend To Her Will - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Johannesburg

Bend to Her Will - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town

2015

Atopia, NWU Gallery, Potchefstroom

2013

Famila Obscura, Brundyn+, Cape Town

2011

Some Dance to Remember Some Dance to Forget, Blank Projects, Cape Town

2009

Graceland, Gallery AOP, Johannesburg

2008

Sub Rosa, Joäo Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town

2007

Perfectly Still, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg

2006

Blues and Greys, Art on Paper Gallery, Johannesburg

2005

Hoogwater/High Tide, KKNK, Oudtshoorn

Fools Gold, Bell Roberts Contemporary, Cape Town

2003

Blank, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

2001

From a Netherworld, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town

2000

Northern Ladies, Art Konsult, New Delhi, India

 

 SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018  

In The Forests of the Night, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2017  

Cape Town Art Fair 2017, Cape Town

The Future Is Female, 21c museum hotels, Louisville, USA

2016  

Nano, Barnard gallery, Cape Town

Transformation, Southern Guild, Cape Town

2015  

Foreign Bodies - whatiftheworld, Cape Town

2014  

20 years of democracy, Appalachian state university, North Carolina

2012  

Paint I, Smac Gallery, Cape Town

Seeing Eye, Brundyn +, Cape Town

Positive Tension - Whatiftheworld, Cape Town

2011  

Alptraum, Deutscher Kuenstlerbund, Berlin, Germany

2010  

Twenty, Contemporary Public Sculpture, Nirox, Johannesburg

2006  

20 Artists06, Contemporary Printing, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town

2005  

Sweet Nothings, New Photographic Work, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town

2004  

2nd Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, Stellenbosch

40 Years, University Of Stellenbosch, Sasol Art Museum

2003  

Absa L'atelier, Johannesburg

Ydesire, Castle Of Good Hope, Cape Town

Brett Kebble Art Awards, Cape Town

Picnic, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town

2002  

Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch

2001  

Aarsel/Waver, Kknk, Oudtshoorn

Micro/Macro, South African Printmakers At Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

 

Other

 

2015   

Aardklop Festival artist

2009   

Ampersand fellowship, New York

2005   

Curator: ‘Sweet Nothings’, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town

2005   

Nominated for a Kanna Award, KKNK

2003   

Winner of the 2003 ABSA L’Atelier

1999   

Selected for the UNESCO-Aschberg Residency programme, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India

 

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

 

Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town Absa Collection Anglo Gold South Africa Hollard Collection Sasol Collection Spier Collection Didata SABC Labour 24 Pty Ltd Red Bull Collection, Salzburg, Austria New Church Museum 21C Museum in Kentucky

 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

2013      

Familia Obscura 2009      

Graceland Catalogue 2007      

Turbulence, Hangar-7, Austria 2007       

Sanell Aggenbach Catalogue 2007       

Artinvestor, Germany 2007      

 Art South Africa: Vol. 5, Issue 04; Page 82 (Review) 2005       

Cape Town Month of Photography 2004       

2nd Spier Sculpture Biennale Catalogue 2004       

Sasol Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch 2003       

ABSA L’Atelier 2003       

Art South Africa: Vol. 02, Issue 01; Page 14 (Review) 2002       

Spier Sculpture Biennale Catalogue