Mary Sibande

Mary Sibande's installation in South Africa's pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2011.
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Born 1982, lives and works in Johannesburg. She obtained an Honors Degree in Fine Art at the University of Johannesburg in 2007. Sibande works in various media including painting, sculpture and photography. She has taken part in the Johannesburg Art City World Premiere Annual Exhibition titled “Long Live the Dead Queen”, which premiered in June of 2010 to coincide with the 2010 World Cup on 19 giant building-wraps in the inner city. She is the recipient of a number of residencies and fellowships such as the Cité internationale des arts (Paris, France), Kunstraum Sylt Quelle (Sylt Germany), Prohelvetia-IAAB (Basel, Switzerland) and the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship (New York).

About her work Four Tales, she considers the use of body as an exploration of claiming identity in a post colonial South Africa, as a tool to express concerns in the stereotypical depiction of women, particularly black women. The body is emphasizing the limitation that history has placed on identity. With her work, between sculpture and installation, she likes to test the viewer’s expectations of reality in South Africa today.  Her work is shaped by historical pasts and refers to Post-Colonial theories, as she affirms it: «my work deals with the section of women in society that is often off-centre stage, namely maids. Although there has been a political change in our country there are some conditions that are still prevalent, that are direct results of apartheid.»




The Armory Show, New York, USA



Long Live the Dead Queen, Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, South Africa



‘The Purple Shall Govern’, Iziko South African National Gallery, Kapstadt, South Africa



Long live the dead Queen / art festival / Grahamstown, South Africa

Joburg City World Premiere Annual Exhibition



Long live the dead Queen / Gallery Momo / Johannesburg, South Africa



My Madams Things / Gordart Gallery / Melville / Johannesburg, South Africa





Group Exhbition, Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, South Africa



55. Venedig Biennale, Venedig, Italy



(Re)construction Contemporary art from South Africa / Museum of Contemporary Art / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Eröffnung / opening von/of «  Beyond Re/PRODUCTION / Mothering / Berlin, Germany

ARS 11 / Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art / Helsinski, Finland

54th International Exhibiton / Venice Biennale / Venice, Italy



Gallery MOMO stand / Joburg Art Fair / Johannesburg, South Africa

From Pierneef to Gugulactive  : 1910-2010 / Iziko South African National gallery / Cape Town, South Africa

L’exposition du festival mondial des Arts Nègres / Dakar, Senegal

Space  : Currencies in contemporary African art / Museum Africa / Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa

Grahamstown Festival Artist / Standard Bank Gallery / Albany History Museum / Grahamstown, South Africa

Art on Paper / Gallery MOMO / Johannesburg, South Africa



Four Tales / Gallery MOMO / Johannesburg, South Africa



SA Arts Emerging Vega school of design / Cape Town, South Africa

Dark and lovely (5 women) / Gordart Gallery / Johannesburg, South Africa

199 Honors Degree Show / FADA Gallery / Johannesburg, South Africa



40x40x40 (KKNK)KKN Kunstefees / Oudtshoorn

ABSA L’atelier Award top 50 Exhibition / BSA Gallery / Johannesburg, South Africa

Waste art Exhibition / Rosebank Mall / Johannesburg, South Africa

Sasol Miniatures Exhibition / Sasol / Johannesburg, South Africa

I love you positive or negative / Alliance Française / Johannesburg, South Africa



David Krut Publications in collaboration with Johannesburg / ARTBANK

David Krut Studio / Johannesburg, South Africa