Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis

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Penny Siopis has work on Public Intimacy: Art and Social Life in South Africa at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (21 February - 8 June). In 2013 she was included on the South African Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, a group exhibition titled Imaginary Fact: South African art and the archive (1 June - 24 November 2013).

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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 Sydney (2010), Johannesburg (1995 and 1997), Gwangju (1997), Havana (1995) and Venice (1993).

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