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.» 

 

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