b. 1982, Barberton, South Africa.
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mary Sibande, was born in 1982 in Barberton, South Africa; and lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sibande obtained an Honours degree from the University of Johannesburg in 2007 following a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Witwatersrand Technical College in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2004.
Notable awards include the 2017 Smithsonian National Museum of African Arts Award; the University of Johannesburg Alumni Dignitas Award in 2014 and the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts. Sibande is also the recipient of several residencies, fellowships and tenures, including the 2018-2019 Virginia C. Gildersleeve Professorship at Barnard College at Columbia University in New York, USA; the MAC/VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne in Paris, France and the STAMPS School of Art & Design Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA in 2013; the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) in Washington, D.C, USA in 2011; the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship in New York, USA in 2009 and the Cite des Arts International Residency in Paris, France in 2006.
In 2019 Sibande is looking forward to a solo presentation of a body of new work titled I came apart at the seams, at Somerset House as part of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in October of this year.Her work’s will also form part of the upcoming 14th Curitiba Biennale in Curitiba, Brazil later this year. Sibande’s work is currently included in the N’GOLA Festival of Arts, Creation, Environment and Utopias in Sao Tome and Principe in Central Africa. She was recently included in group exhibition Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity at the Boston Museum of Fine Art; as well as in the 2019 Havana Biennale in Havana, Cuba.
Since her first exhibition My Madam’s Things at Gordart Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2006, Sibande has presented numerous solo presentations which include: Jo’burg City, World Premiere Exhibition of Billboards – a city-wide exhibition on 19 buildings in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010; Mary Sibande and Sophie Ntombikayise Take Central Court at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, USA in 2012; Long Live the Dead Queen at the MAC/VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain di Val-de-Marne in Paris, France in 2013; The Purple Shall Govern, a travelling exhibition presented at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown) in 2013, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum in Port Elizabeth in 2013, the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town in 2014, the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg in 2014 (all in South Africa) and the Musée Léon Dierx in Saint Denis, Reunion Island in 2014; Right Now! at Stellenbosch University’s Art Museum in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2016, Crescendo of Ecstasy at TMRW Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2018 and a solo presentation at the Leroy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University in New York City, USA in 2019.
Sibande has exhibited her work extensively, and was included, most notably, in: Desire, Narratives in Contemporary South African Art at the 54th Venice Biennale, as part of the South African Pavilion in Venice, Italy in 2011; From Pierneef to Gugulective: 1910-2010 at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa in 2010; and L’exposition du Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres in Dakar, Senegal, also in 2010.
Sibande’s work forms part of prominent public and private collections including: the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C, USA; the Iziko South Africa National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa; the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas in Kansas, USA; the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, USA; the MAC/VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne in Paris, France; the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, USA; Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, USA and Fonds Régionaux d’art Contemporain in Marseille, France.
Sibande’s work will be included in the Ampersand Foundation Award 21 years celebration exhibition curated by Gordon Froud. The exhibition runs from 11 September to 9 October 2019, at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sibande’s work will be included in SMAC Gallery’s presentation at FNB Art Joburg at the Sandton Convention Centre. The fair will run from the 13th to 15 September 2019.
Sibande will be presenting a solo show of new works, titled I came apart at the seams, at Somerset House in London, UK in line with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in October 2019.
Sibande will be exhibiting work in the upcoming 14th Curitiba Biennale in Curitiba, Brazil, which opens in September 2019 and will run until February 2020.
Mary Sibande is the 2018-2019 Virginia C. Gildersleeve Professor at Barnard College at the Columbia University in New York City, USA.
Sibande’s work is was recently included in the N’GOLA Festival of Arts, Creation, Environment and Utopias in Sao Tome and Principe in Central Africa.
Sibande recently had a solo exhibition at Leroy Neiman Gallery in New York City, USA.
Mary Sibande’s work was also included in the group exhibition Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, which ran until 12 May 2019. Made Visible included work by Zanele Muholi, Mary Sibande, Nomusa Makhubu, Senzeni Marasela, Nandipha Mntambo and documentation of works of performance art by Sethembile Msezane. Together, these artists revealed the lingering damage of the past and make visible icons of a just future.
Sibande was included in the Havana Biennale in Cuba – the biennale was held from 12 April to 12 May 2019.
[upcoming] FNB Art Joburg (SMAC Gallery) | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2019
Hillarie M. Sheets | The New York Times | At Armory Show, Global Art and a JR Installation Will Cover Two Piers | 7 February 2018 – PDF
Lindsey O’Connor | Hyperallergic | A New Contemporary Art Museum in South Africa Aims to Represent the Continent and Its Diaspora | 4 January 2018 – PDF
Mary Corrigall | Sunday Times | Mary Sibande’s artistic currency continues to rise | 7 November 2017 – PDF
Elly Parsons | Apollo | Mary Sibande’s alter ego tells the story of post-apartheid South Africa | 21 October 2016 – PDF
Joyce Bidouzo-Coudray | The Guardian | Mary Sibande – poking at power relations in post-apartheid South Africa | 7 January 2014 – PDF