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Mary Sibande Exhibition


Winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art, Mary Sibande’s latest collection entitled ‘The Purple Shall Govern’ is on exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery. The Johannesburg-based artist’s latest exhibition is slightly darker than her previous pieces. Her famous reworking of domestic workers’ uniforms into Victorian costumes and the characters that wore them serves as commentary on the history of servitude as it relates to the present, and adds complex notions to the colonial relationship between ‘slave’ and ‘master’ in a post-apartheid context. Mary always attempts to critique stereotypical depictions of women in our society and the generational disempowerment of African women. Her interest in fashion is apparent from her continued use of fabrics in her works. ‘The Purple Shall Govern’ exhibition also includes two life-sized mannequins with theatrical dresses, various digital pigmentation prints, as well as an installation of suspended fabric creatures. ‘We are proud to be part of the conversation - a dialogue between artists, objects and the public - in creating a platform to showcase South Africa’s stories previously untold and some difficult to share,’ says Rooksana Omar, CEO of Iziko. The exhibition is open until 15 January 2014 at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company's Garden, Cape Town. For more information, visit iziko.org.za. Text Astrid Sanders