MARY SIBANDE

b. 1982, Barberton, South Africa.

Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mary Sibande, born in Barberton, South Africa in 1982, lives and works in Johannesburg. 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 the 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.

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.

Other noteworthy group exhibitions include: Made Visible, Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity at the Boston Museum of Fine Art in Boston, USA (2019); Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body at The MET Breuer, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA in 2018; The Red Hour, curated by Simon Njami, at the Dak’Art: African Contemporary Art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal in 2018; In Their Own Form at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) in Chicago, USA in 2018; Continental Drift: Black / blak art from South Africa and north Australia at the Cairns Art Gallery in Cairns, Australia in 2018; All things being equal, inaugural exhibition at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017; South Africa: The Art of a Nation at the British Museum in London, UK in 2016; Art_textile at the Whitworth Museum in Manchester, UK in 2015; Family Histories at the Dishman Art Museum, Lamar University in Beaumont, USA in 2013; Meanwhile…. Suddenly and Then at the 12th Lyon Biennale 2013 in Lyon, France in 2013; The Rainbow Nation: Contemporary Sculpture from South Africa at the Museum Beelden aan Zee in Hague, Netherlands in 2012; and (Re)constructions, Contemporary Art from South Africa at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (MAC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2011.

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, and, in 2018, Crescendo of Ecstasy at TMRW Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. Upcoming exhibitions for 2019 include a solo presentation at the Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York City, USA.

Sibande’s work forms part of prominent public and private collections which include: 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.

Mary Sibande is the 2018-2019 Virginia C. Gildersleeve Professor at Barnard College at the Columbia University in New York City, USA.

Mary Sibande’s work is included in the group exhibition Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, open until 12th May 2019. Made Visible includes 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 reveal the lingering damage of the past and make visible icons of a just future.

Mary Sibande is the 2018-2019 Virginia C. Gildersleeve Professor at Barnard College at the Columbia University in New York City, USA.

Mary Sibande’s work is included in the group exhibition Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, open until 12th May 2019. Made Visible includes 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 reveal the lingering damage of the past and make visible icons of a just future.

[upcoming] Havana Biennale | Havana, Cuba | 2019

Made Visible | Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity | Boston Museum of Fine Art | Boston, USA | 2019

A New Humanity | Dak’Art: African Contemporary Art Biennale | Dakar, Senegal | 2018

Extra/Ordinary | Plugin New Media Section | Contemporary Istanbul | Istanbul, Turkey | 2018

 The Armory Show | Piers 92 & 94 | New York City, USA | 2018

In Their Own Form | Museum of Contemporary Photography(MoCP) | Chicago, USA | 2018

Shifting Boundaries: A Selection of Works showcasing South African Women Artists of the Past 100 Years | Welgemeend | Cape Town, South Africa | 2018

Not a Single Story | Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park | Krugersdorp, South Africa | 2018

Continental Drift: Black / blak Art from South Africa and North Australia | Cairns Art Gallery | Cairns, Australia | 2018

Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now) | The Met Breuer | New York City, USA | 2018

Cultural Threads | TextielMuseum | Tilburg, Netherlands | 2018

Friends50 | Iziko South African National Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2018

African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection | National Museum of African Art | Smithsonian Institution | Washington, D.C, USA | 2017

South Africa: The Art of a Nation | The British Museum | London, UK | 2017

All things being equal | Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2017

Dress Code | Gallery MOMO | Cape Town, South Africa | 2017

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair | Somerset House, London, UK | 2017

The Evidence of Things Not Seen | Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2017

Another Antipodes/Urban Axis | PS Art Space | Fremantle, Australia | 2017

Beauty and Its Beasts | Durban Art Gallery | Durban, South Africa | 2017

Different Angels | Höhenrausch Linz | Austria | 2017

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