born 1981 Johannesburg South Africa
based in Bristol, UK
2012 - 2014 MFA (distinction) Goldsmiths College, University of London
2000 - 2003 BFA Witwaterstrand University
2010 Never Falling Together; blank projects, Cape Town
2007 Delicate Life Pursuer; Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary (SMAC Gallery), Western Cape
2005 Passer by in search of the metropolis; David Krut Projects, Johannesburg
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 (forthcoming) Growing Glasgow, The Dear Green Bothy, College of Arts, Glasgow
2016 G is for Grapple; Surtsey Projects, Liverpool
2016 Paradoxparadox by Protovoulia; Facilitated by Rafael Abdala and Jessica Goes, Home, Manchester
2014 The Tomorrow People; curated by Simon Reuben and Jessica Simas for Hackneywicked, London
2013 Believing in Objects; curated by Sabina Müller and Emi Avora, House Projects, London
2012 Making Faces; curated by Ashley Maclean, Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town
2011 The Independent Publishing Project; facilitated by Francis Burger and Jonah Sack, blank projects, Cape Town
2011-2019 - iALPTRAUM!; artist curated group show, Ausstellungsraum des Deutscher Kuenstlerbund, Berlin; The Company, Los Angeles; Blank Projects, Cape Town; Cell Projects, London
2010 The Endless Boogie; curated by Emil Holmer, Forgotten Bar, Galerie Im Regierungsviertel, Berlin
2010 Mooimarkshow, curated by Spunk Spiel and Christian Nerf, Serial Works, Cape Town
2010 Inverting The Pyramid, curated by Jonathan Garnham, blank projects, Cape Town
2010 Out of (South) Africa, Highpoint Centre for Printmaking, South Minneapolis
2010 Divisions; curated by Baylon Sandri, SMAC Art Gallery, Stellenbosch
2009 No|Thing; curated by Veronica Blane, UCA Gallery, Cape Town
2008 Fresh Meat; curated by Robert Sloon, What If The World Gallery, Cape Town
2007 One Million and Forty-Four Years (and Sixty Three Days); (Contributor) An anthology of responses to questions concerning the state of the avant-garde. Edited by Kathryn Smith, Published by SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch
2005 Surface; curated by Lara Riviera, Franchise Gallery, Johannesburg
2004 Democracy and Change Exhibition; Klein Karoo National Art Festival, Western Cape
2004 Show Us What You’re Made Of : Part I, curated by Stephen Hobbs, The Premises Gallery, Johannesburg
2003 Art as Usual; curated by Christian Nerf, Johannesburg Art Gallery
2021 Artist in Residence for the Food Sovereignty Research Network, University of Glasgow.
2021 'Plots and Plans and Plants and Pots' Research Methods Workshop for the (Goldsmiths) Art Research Garden, Ros Gray with Trasi Henen. https://www.chase.ac.uk/events-1/ros-gray-with-trasi-henen-plots-and-plans-and-plants-and-pots-research-methods-workshop
CURATORIAL / PROJECTS
2020 (Cancelled due to Lockdown) Magnolia Rising. Using Landlord’s- Magnolia- as a starting point, a colour that both conceals and reveals, looking at value, precarity, power and transience. Participating artists: Simeon Barclay, Nina Chua, Paul Dodgson, and Claire Harvey at Bankley Gallery and Studios, Manchester
2011 – 2014 The portrait machine; An ongoing participatory project concerned with drawing, portraiture, subjectivity, language, collaboration, identity; Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Whatiftheworld Gallery.
2009 Sometimes I Forget That You Exist; Collaborative research project on desire and liminality at Blank Projects, Cape Town. Participating artists: Bettina Malcomess, Barend De Wet, Francis Burger, Bianca Baldi, ChrisUan Nerf, Zipho Dayile, Anja de Klerk, Douglas Gimberg, Mendi Pantsi, Werner Ungerer and Ed Young.
2004 ArtintheDark; A one night open air video art festival utilising an abandoned park- Faan Smit Park, Melville, Johannesburg.
Participating artists: Kathryn Smith, Simon Gush, Ed Young, Matthew, Hindley, Thando Mamma, Michael Macgarry, Kwezi Gule, Christian Nerf, Mitch Said, Greg Streak, Daniel Levi, Mitch Stratten, Francis Cronje, Michelle Son, Dorothea Kreutzefeldt, Jean Brundit, Stephen Hobbs, Jo Ractliffe, Chruchill Madikiba, Gerhard Marx, Lara Foot-Newton, Brad Hammond, Marcus Neustetter, Nathaniel Stern, Marco Cianfanelli, Jan-Henri Booyens, Natasha Christopher, Barend De Wet, Andrew Lamprecht.
2015- 2020 Private Art Tutor, Manchester, UK.
2012- 2017 Portrait Machine, Michaelis School of Fine Art drawing students- UCT, Cape Town
2010 - 2012 , 3rd Year Studio Co-ordinator and Tutor for Fine Arts, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape
2005 Inner-city teaching workshop at Johannesburg City Centre Library, facilitated by David Krut Resource, Johannesburg
2005 The Assimilation of the Everyday, Painting Workshop Fordsburg Artist Studios – The Bag Factory, Johannesburg.
2014 Goldsmiths Warden’s Purchase Prize
2014 Collyer Bristow Student Award Exhibition; curated by Day + Gluckman, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
2014/2013 Recipient of Oppenheimer Memorial Trust International Studies Bursary
2006 The Absa L’Atelier competition/ Finalist
2005 The Brett Kebble Art awards/ Finalist
2004 The Brett Kebble Art awards/ Finalist
2003 The Herbert Evans Painter Prize, awarded by Witwaterstrand University
2003 The Ashley and Radmor Painter Prize, awarded by Witwaterstrand University
2003 Certificate of First Class in painting, Awarded by Witwaterstrand University
2002 The Ashley and Radmor Painter Prize, awarded by Witwaterstrand University
2002 Certificate of First Class in painting, awarded by Witwaterstrand University
Goldsmiths Art Collection
World Bank, Spier Art Collection
Private and corporate collections internationally
REVIEWS / MENTIONS
Kathryn Smith, ‘Portraits, Likenesses, Composites? Facial Difference in Forensic Art’
Sean O’Toole, ‘Trasi Henen on her process-based paintings’; ”BY THE TIME I DECIDE THAT A PAINTING IS FINISHED IT HAS ALREADY BEEN SO MANY OTHER PAINTINGS," TRASI HENEN TELLS SEAN O'TOOLE, "AND EVEN THEN THEY COULD STILL BE SOMETHING ELSE." http://www.artsouthafrica.com/?article=828
Miles Keylock, ‘Sometimes I Forget That You Exist’, Review:
Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, ‘South Africans in the global art market’ Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa, 1753-5409, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2008, Pages 68 – 81
Nadine Botha, ‘Trasi Henen– Delicate Life Pursuer’, Art South Africa, Nadine Botha for Art South Africa Vol. 6 Issue 2. Reviews.
Michael Smith, ‘Best of 2005- Most Interesting Newcomer On The SA Art Scene’
Penny Siopis, ‘Notes on a Carnal Medium’ Art South Africa, December 2005.
Virginia Mackenny, ‘Agitated Surfaces- Trasi Henen’s PainHngs Evoke a Strange World, Both Real and
Imaginary’ Art South Africa Profiles, December 2005
Robyn Sassen, ‘Trasi Henen at David Krut’
Andi Davis , ‘Knap - Trasi Henen’ Klein Karoo Festival Catalogue, 2004
Robyn Sassen, ‘New Kid On The Block May Shake Up Existing Art Spaces’"http://www.artthrob.co.za/ 04apr/reviews/premises.html"
Robyn Sassen, ‘Lights, Camera, And AcHon: 'Artinthedark' Puts Video Art Out There’ www.artthrob.co.za/05jan/reviews
Alexander Wafer, ‘Artinthedark’ Art South Africa Reviews. Volume 9, Issue 3, 2004