Thania Petersen uses photographic self-portraiture, multi-sensory performance and installation to address the intricacies and complexities of identity in contemporary South Africa. As a direct descendant of Tuan Guru (an Indonesian Prince brought to South Africa by the Dutch as a political exile), Petersen explores personal and historical identities by reconstructing herself in various guises informed by her position as a Malay woman and experiences of growing up as a girl in a Muslim society. Her reference points include the history of African colonial imperialism, consumer culture, her Cape Malay heritage and Sufi ceremonies. From 2000-2007, Petersen was a resident painter of props and costumes for the London-based Yaa Asantewa Arts Group at the Notting Hill Carnival. She held a solo exhibition, I AM ROYAL, with AVA Gallery (2015). She has also featured with Brundyn+ and Everard Read at the Cape Town Art Fair and AVA at Johannesburg Art Fair. Notable group exhibitions include Surface and Subtext, Everard Read Cape Town and Studio, Iziko South African National Gallery (2016).