Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis


Penny Siopis' Time and Again: A Retrospective Exhibition, curated by Ernestine White, is at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town till 23 March 2015; it will then travel to Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg. The survey show is accompanied by a major monograph edited by Gerrit Olivier and published by Wits University Press. Siopis also has work on Thinking, Feeling, Head, Heart at The New Church Museum, Cape Town (4 December - 25 April). Siopis' 2010 film Obscure White Messenger was included in the exhibition Angels with dirty faces at Galerie Les Filles De Calvaire, Paris. Between 23 February and 2 May 2015 she will present her films in The Unfinished Conversation at Beirut Art Centre, Beirut.

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Penny Siopis was born in 1953 in Vryburg, South Africa. She has an MFA from Rhodes University, Grahamstown (1976), and is an Honorary Professor at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She works in painting, photography, film/video and installation. Her work since the 1970s has covered different foci but her interest in what she calls the 'poetics of vulnerability' characterises all her explorations, from her earlier engagements with history, memory and migration to her later concerns with shame, violence and sexuality. She has exhibited widely, both in South Africa and internationally. Solo exhibitions include the curated show Red: The iconography of colour in the work of Penny Siopis at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban (2009), and Three Essays on Shame at the Freud Museum, London (2005). She has taken part in the biennales of Venice (South African Pavilion, 2013), Sydney (2010), Johannesburg (1995 and 1997), Gwangju (1997), Havana (1995) and Venice (1993).