Happy New Year + moving on…

Happy New Year my dear readers! I hope 2011 will be double the size of 2010 – in all ways: love, happieness, opportunities, good jobs… Thanx for spending 2010 with me – workwise, friendwise and blogwise.

I decided to grow up and move on – www.antoniaheil.com is the same blog with a new (my) name. So please check there for new things: articles, photography, food, Cape Town and blogs!
Have a great day and hope to see and hear from you soon!! Toni

Ich bin umgezogen! Ab jetzt geht’s weiter auf www.antoniaheil.com! Bis bald!

Die goldene Blume – Pearl S. Buck

Vor ein paar Tagen habe ich angefangen das Buch “Die goldene Blume” von Pearl S. Buck zu lesen. Herrlich. Da ich hauptsächlich Englisch lese und spreche, ist dies ein Gedicht!

Seite 62: “Ach, so schön ich mir einst mein Leben ausgemalt hatte, es hat sich, wenn ich jetzt darauf zurückblicke, lediglich zu einem Kampf gegen Schmutz und Faulheit entwickelt – und den habe ich verloren.”

Chucks / Converse

This is one of my favorite pics taken by Des this year… I wear chucks myself and am amazed of this fashion that lasts sooo long.

Chuck Taylor All-Stars, or Converse All-Stars, also referred to as “Chucks” or “Cons” are canvas and rubber shoesproduced by Converse. They were first produced in 1917 as the “All-Star,” Converse’s attempt to capture the basketballshoe market. More.

Sanell Aggenbach

I was so lucky to meet Sanell Aggenbach (Brett Murray’s wife) a few weeks back. Here’s my piece on her… check out her works, humorous and inspiring! Enjoy!! x

‘I don’t limit myself,’ says Sanell Aggenbach

Sanell Aggenback is a painter who used to teach print making and likes to play with sculptures


Artist’s Biography:
Cape Town based Sanell Aggenbach was born in 1975 and graduated from the University of Stellenbosch as a Fine Artist in 1997. Between June 2000 and March 2004 she lectured at the Cape College and has been a full-time artist and designer since 2005. Sanell Aggenbach was part of many group exhibitions: Bell Roberts Gallery Cape Town, exhibitions in Stellenbosch, Johannesburg, Austria, Canada etc. and solo exhibitions at several galleries in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Oudtshoorn and in New Delhi, India. She has been a finalist in several awards (Spier Contemporary Art Award, Kanna Award), a curator at the Bell-Roberts Gallery in Cape Town and a winner of the 2003 ABSA L’Atelier Award, won a residency in Paris for 6 months, and spend 5 months in New Delhi, India as a selected for the UNESCO-Aschberg Residency programme at the Sanskriti Kendra (1999). Also, Sanell Aggenbach published several catalogues and was also involved in several other publications. Her works are part of various private and corporate collections locally and abroad such as the Absa collection, Spier collection, SABC, Red Bull Collection Austria and many more.

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

Sanell Aggenbach is Brett Murray’s wife. Brett is a well known South African pop artist. Together they live in Woodstock with their daughter Lola who was born in 2009. Two artists, lot’s of interaction and a similar sense of humour: “My husband Brett is my big inspiration.”

Sanell does art with absurdity: “I don’t limit myself. I paint, I also make sculptures, I play with different mediums.” Her themes are based on history and private narrations as well as social commentary with a gentle humour. “A lot of my work has to do with nostalgia. Nostalgia and narratives make new stories.”

“You don’t have to smile when you stand in front of Aggenbach’s art. I do, though, most of the time. Because I think I get it. Most of it, anyway. Perhaps I can hear her artist’s voice so clearly because I am also a child of the volk, of the white tribe of the furthest south. God’s Chosen People, remember? Aggenbach understands all this and nostalgia is a recurring theme in her work. She makes me miss my granny, the one who told me the horror stories about the British concentration camps every day – her mother and sisters died in those camps,” says Max du Preez, author and political commentator, and continues, “But Aggenbach’s satirical take on this nostalgia is a liberating one. It holds the possibility of a new excitement, a new way of looking at our nation, our continent and ourselves. Perhaps she is going to help us redefine ourselves – even if ‘we’ are not Afrikaners or Africans.”

Art is an excursion.

This excerpt from Max du Preez‘s article is just a taster, I want you to check out Sanell Aggenbach’s work for yourself. One of her pieces that got stuck in my mind is “Degrees of seperation” (2004), a painting that is 3,5m long. “It’s a self-portrait. With each panel, the painting becomes darker. From European to African.”

In 2004, Sanell’s career turned around and with the fear of not being able to support herself, she risked it: “I don’t care, I’m gonna focus on work. I’m gonna make quality works,” were her thoughts that time. Experiencing Paris and high quality, well executed works, she wanted to live up to it. Today, Sanell sells her works of art and enjoys commercial success.

Another series, ‘Graceland’, is based on being Afrikaans, “My own inspiration of heritage and language”. For example, she took old photographs of Apartheid politicians and folded their mouths. Mouth gone. Look at the fold, a feeling of censorship. Another work of this series is about the Miss World competition, where a white South African girl took part. Normal? Strange? “Art is an excursion,” concludes Sanell.

For another project, Sanell painted portraits of photographs she got hold of from photographer Von Kalke: “He lived in District Six and took pictures of Muslims, soldiers, of initiation, of anything. He was the only photographer there. My works reference his works. He portrayed District Six without knowing it.”

“South Africa is not simple, not straight forward. I am an outsider looking at a culture I am part of. It’s an internal dialogue.”

by Antonia Heil

PS. Sanell Aggenbach tries to have an exhibition every one and a half years – you usually find her works at João Ferreira in Cape Town or at Gallery AOP in Johannesburg. Keep your eyes open, Sanell Aggenbach might have an exhibition in April 2011 at the Blank Gallery.

Check out Cape Town’s galleries and be part of the art!


Natalie & Richard



Natalie & Richard got hitched a few days before Christmas! They planned on getting married for quite some time, now it happened! Congrats you two! Your love for each other is visible! It was another day where we had to work with the rain but were so lucky to get dry shots in an awesome field!
All right, one more wedding to go today and our wedding-year 2010 is over! It was such a pleasure! We loved being part of so much love and emotion.

More pix here.

Stories // Hadnet Tesfai

Hey friends, found a new story-blog by a presenter living in Germany – I love the last story.

“It’s late. Not too many people on the train.

I think I stared at Martin the entire train ride. Not because he was particularly good looking, handsome or anything of that matter. I stared at Martin because he was madly in love. In love with the girl I couldn’t see because she never did me the favor to turn around. I don’t know if she was particularly good looking, pretty or anything of that matter, but Martin was crazy about her. You could see it written all over his entire being.  The kind of crazy where he probably felt he couldn’t survive a single day without her. I imagined how he’d wait until she was asleep before he allowed himself to close his eyes just because he probably liked a funny thing she did with her nose or a weird ass sound she made right before she crossed to lala-land or something like that. He was probably the kind of guy that would secretly wait for the day she’d leave him while being terrified of this thought at the same time, asking himself, why oh why she had chosen him (and not the disco) and wondering how he’d manage to keep her by his side. He seemed to be so proud of her, basically inhaling everything she said. I swear, he looked like he could feed on her words and her smell alone.

I liked Martin. And I must admit that I was jealous of him. He was obviously in fucking love.

And I was worried about him.

Before getting off the train I made a wish: I hoped she’d never break his heart. He looked like he’d never recover from it.”

more on Hadnet – pic by ofmyinside

Christmas present – Lace and horse clip

Lovely. I use it as a badge though. Handmade in Cape Town. Check it out. Mine is the one on the right with the horse!!

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