Exhibitions (Group exhibitions)

2017: ‘The Future is Female’, 21C Museum Hotels, Louisville, USA
2016: ‘Nano’, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
2016: ‘Transformation’, Southern Guild, Cape Town
2015: ‘Foreign Bodies’, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town
2014: ‘20 Years of Democracy’, Appalachian State University, North Carolina
2014: ‘Paint I’, Smac Gallery, Cape Town
2011: ‘Alptraum’, Deutscher Kuenstlerbund, Berlin, Germany
2010: ‘Twenty’, contemporary public sculpture, Nirox, Johannesburg
2008: ‘Print ’08: Myth, Memory and Archive’, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
2007: ‘Arcadia’, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
2007: ‘Turbulence’, Hangar-7, Salzburg, Austria
2006: ’20 Artists 06’. Contemporary printing, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
2005: ‘Sweet Nothings’, new photographic work, Bell-Roberts Gallery,
Cape Town
2004: ‘40 Years’, University of Stellenbosch, Sasol Art Museum
2004: ‘2nd Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial’, Stellenbosch
2003: ‘Picnic’, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
2003: Brett Kebble Art Awards
2003: ‘ABSA L’Atelier’, Johannesburg
2003: ‘YDESIRE’, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
2002: ‘Autogeographie’, Millennium Gallery, Johannesburg
2002: ‘Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial’, Jan Marais Nature Reserve,
2001: ‘Micro/Macro’, South African Printmakers at the Xchanges Gallery,
Victoria, British Columbia (Canada)
2001: ‘ABSA L’Atelier’, Johannesburg.
2001: ‘Aarsel/ Waver’, KKNK, Oudshoorn

Solo Exhibitions

2017: ‘Bend To Her Will – Whatiftheworld, Johannesburg
2017: ‘Bend To Her Will’ – Whatiftheworld, Cape Town
2015: Aardklop Festival Artist: ‘Atopia’, NWU Gallery, Potchefstroom
2013: ‘Familia Obscura’, Brundyn Gallery, Cape Town
2011: ‘Some Dance to Remember Some Dance to Forget’, Blank Projects,
Cape Town
2009: ‘Graceland’, Gallery AOP, Johannesburg
2008: ‘ Sub Rosa’, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town
2007: ‘Perfectly Still’, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg
2006: ‘Blues and Greys’, Art On Paper Gallery, Johannesburg
2005: ‘Fool’s Gold’, Bell-Roberts Contemporary, Cape Town
2005: ‘Hoogwater/High Tide’, KKNK, Oudtshoorn
2003: ‘Blank’, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
2001: ‘From a Netherworld’, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
2000: ‘Northern Ladies’, Art Konsult, New Delhi, India
1998: ‘An Imitator’, AVA Metropolitan Gallery, Cape Town

2009 : Ampersand fellowship, New York
2007 : Spier Contemporary Art Awards finalist
2005 : Selected for the 3rd Brett Kebble Award
2005 : Curator: ‘Sweet Nothings’, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
2005 : Nominated for a Kanna Award, KKNK
2003 : Winner of the 2003 ABSA L’Atelier
2003 : Merit award: Anglo Gold Riches of Africa Design Competition.

1999-2000: Selected for the UNESCO-Aschberg Residency programme at
the Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
1998 : Merit award: ‘New Signatures’’, Bellville Art Centre

2013: Familia Obscura
2009: Graceland catalogue
2007: Sanell Aggenbach catalogue
2007: Artinvestor (Germany), 02/2007
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

Some Reviews

Artthrob, June 2003:
“…the work is exquisitely crafted and produced. It represents a major change of tact…demonstrating a remarkable agility and versatility.” – Paul Edmunds

Mail & Guardian, 6 February 2004:
“ (the works) are revealed as a perfect South African articulation of culture and environment.” - Chris Roper

Art South Africa, vol. 02, issue 03, 2004 (page 67)
“ Aggenbach has used the symbolic language of white leisure and suburbia and made a piece that is both humorous and politically astute.” - Andrew Lamprecht

Mail and Guardian, November 2005
“A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down. It might be a strategy made famous by Mary Poppins but Sanell Aggenbach has perfected it, sugar-coating her satire and social parody to reel viewers in before exposing a darker underbelly” - Miles Keylock

Cape Times November 2007
“ … arguably the best exhibition at the AVA this year” - Melvyn Minaar

Mail and Guardian, January 2008
“Aggenbach is proving to be an important, intelligent voice in SA contemporary art “ - Alex Sudheim

The Weekend Review, September 2008
“A personal favourite in the exhibition is Sanell Aggenbach’s work, from the Perfectly Still series, which subtly shows the ‘double identity” of so many South Africans, by superimposing positive and negative versions of the same black-and-white photographic image.” - Chris Thurman

Art Africa, 2014
“There’s a sense of betrayal that accompanies a suddenly unreliable memory, something disconcerting and uncomfortable. But therein lies the power of Familia Obscura. Tuymans’ once announced, “I don’t want to make portraits on a psychological level. I take all the ideas out of individuality and just leave the shell, the body.” Aggenbach takes away the body and just leaves the heart.” - Anna Stielau


Various private collections locally and abroad:
21C Museum, USA
South African National Gallery
Absa Collection
Spier Collection
Anglo Gold South Africa
Hollard Collection
Sasol Collection
Labour 24 Pty Ltd
Red Bull Collection, Salzburg, Austria