Penny Siopis
Various artists at Haus der Kunst

Jane Alexander, Edson Chagas, Pieter Hugo, Jo Ractliffe, Penny Siopis and Guy Tillim feature in Trace - Formations of Likeness: Photography and Video from The Walther Collection, taking place at Haus der Kunst. The exhibition aims to showcase 'the medium’s capacity as both an instrument for empowerment and formation of the self, as well as its complex uses as a tool for control and subjugation'.

Penny Siopis in Miami

She Breathes Water by Penny Siopis shows in BETA FISH, presented by curatorial collective GOOD TO KNOW.FYI at Beaches bar during Miami Art Week. The exhibition of video works explores themes common to the social and environmental landscape of beaches.

Penny Siopis at Tiwani

Penny Siopis presents a solo exhibition titled For Dear Life at Tiwani Contemporary. The show features recent works from her ongoing Viscous Worlds and Atlas series as well as solo canvases exemplifying Siopis’ long-term engagement with ‘the poetics of vulnerability'. 

Penny Siopis at the Peltz Gallery

Penny Siopis is among three artists in Enduring Circumstances at the Peltz Gallery of Birkbeck, University of London. The exhibition brings together artworks responding to the social effects of the pandemic, questioning 'the interaction between human health and habitat'.

Chagas, Niang and Ractliffe

Edson Chagas, Zanele MuholiMame-Diarra Niang, Jo Ractliffe, Penny Siopis, and Guy Tillim exhibit in Shifting Dialogues: Photography from The Walther Collection at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Spanning over 500 works, the show 'traces the development of photography as a history of transnational parallels and contradictions'.

Various artists El Espacio 23

Moshekwa Langa, Simphiwe Ndzube, Frida Orupabo, Penny Siopis, Barthélémy Toguo and Portia Zvavahera exhibit in Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M Pérez Collection at El Espacio 23. The show features over 100 works by artists from the region and its diaspora. 

Penny Siopis in Galleries Curate

She Breathes Water, the recent film by Penny Siopis described as 'a visceral flash', is screened online as a special contribution to RHE, forming part of Galleries Curate. 

Penny Siopis at the Peltz Gallery

Shadow Shame Again, by Penny Siopis, shows at the Birkbeck University of London's Peltz Gallery. The new film 'is a poetic evocation of ‘shadow shame’ as something that both embodies the loss of dignity and integrity, and offers fertile ground for empathy'.

Penny Siopis at the Henry Art Gallery

Penny SiopisShame series is included in Plural Possibilities and the Female Body at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington. The exhibition seeks to 'create a counterpoint to persistent myths and essentializing projections about femininity and gender norms'.

Artists in Global(e) Resistance

Global(e) Resistance, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, looks at 'contemporary strategies of resistance' in recent acquisitions from the museum's collection. Artists include Penny Siopis, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Meschac Gaba, Barthélémy Toguo and Paulo Nazareth.

Penny Siopis at  Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz eV

Penny Siopis features in Blinde Winkel / Blind Corner at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz eV. The group exhibition means to analyse 'processes that are intentionally or unintentionally repressed'. 


Siopis and Hlobo at the McMullen Museum

Penny Siopis and Nicholas Hlobo are included in Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College. The exhibition explores 'the contemporary legacy of the long movement of people, things and ideas' across this body of water.

Crossing Night at MOCAD

Edson Chagas, Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Moshekwa Langa, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Penny Siopis, Guy Tillim feature in Crossing Night: Regional Identities X Global Context at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, a new iteration of the exhibition first shown in Oaxaca, Mexico. The exhibition 'addresses the concerns, thoughts, and desires of contemporary artists from the Southern African region as they grapple with the legacy of post-colonial structures'.

Artists at Iziko Conservation Week

Mawande Ka Zenzile and Penny Siopis feature in Conservation Week at the Iziko SA National Gallery. Ka Zenzile participates in a panel on collection practices (16 July, 1pm) and Siopis converses with Patricia Smithen about her use of materials and the implications for conservation (18 July, 5.30pm).

Zanele Muholi and Penny Siopis in I Am ... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa

Zanele Muholi and Penny Siopis feature in I Am ... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Drawing on the museum's permanent collection, the show 'explores the vital contributions of women to issues including the environment, identity, politics, race, sexuality, social activism, faith, and more'.

Penny Siopis in Bulawayo

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo presents Moving Stories and Travelling Rhythms: Penny Siopis and the many journeys of Skokiaan, comprising video and site-responsive works. The show engages 'the many narratives and memories, fictional and documentary accounts of Skokiaan'.

Penny Siopis and Simphiwe Ndzube in Trans World

Simphiwe Ndzube and Penny Siopis exhibit in Trans World at Nicodim Gallery. Existing across their Los Angeles and Bucharest spaces concurrently, the show is framed as 'an exploration of identity through work by artists who are able to manifest multiple universes at the same time'.

Hacer Noche in Oaxaca, Mexico

Jo Ractliffe, Penny Siopis, Pieter Hugo, Steven Cohen, Nicholas Hlobo, Moshekwa Langa, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Zanele Muholi, Simphiwe Ndzube, Robin Rhode and Portia Zvavahera feature in Hacer Noche/Crossing Night, a series of exhibitions and residencies in Oaxaca focusing on southern Africa.

Penny Siopis on The World's Game
Penny Siopis presents a new installation in The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art, a group exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). With the 2018 FIFA World Cup coming up, the exhibition explores how the sport has stimulated artists to reflect upon its implications on society.
Six films by Penny Siopis
Penny Siopis' This is a True Story: Six Films (1997-2017), the first exhibition to focus solely on the artist's film works, is currently on view at Zeitz MOCAA. The survey includes the African premiere of Welcome Visitors!, commissioned by Prospect 4, the New Orleans Triennial.
Penny Siopis at the Glasgow School of Arts

Penny Siopis features in To see this story better, close your eyes, a group exhibition that combines film, audio recordings and texts that employ narrative as a technique, subject or medium. The work is deliberately positioned in the gallery to prompt multiple and overlapping readings.

Siopis and Odita in New Orleans

Penny Siopis and Odili Donald Odita are among the artists showing on Prospect.4, the New Orleans triennial. Titled The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp and curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, 'P.4 takes the city’s distinctive character as a point of departure to investigate global concerns'.

Zeitz MOCAA opens in Cape Town

Nandipha MntamboEdson Chagas, Zanele Muholi, Nicholas Hlobo and Penny Siopis are among the artists whose work is included in the inaugural exhibitions at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Penny Siopis - Open Form/Open Studio

A finissage will be held for Penny Siopis' Maitland Institute residency on 12 August from 11am to 1pm. On display will be the glue and ink paintings that are the material residue of her four-month Open Form/Open Studio project, along with video documentation of the collaborative process which included workshops and public talks.

Award for Penny Siopis' Time and Again
Time and Again, Penny Siopis' monograph edited by Gerrit Olivier, spanning 35 years of her career and accompanying her survey exhibition, won the Creative Collections category at the 2017 Humanities and Social Sciences Book Awards.
Lifetime award for Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Arts and Culture Trust, joining the likes of Peter Clarke, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi and David Goldblatt.

Penny Siopis at the British Museum

Work by Penny Siopis is included in South Africa: The Art of a Nation. This is the British Museum’s first major exhibition on South African art, exploring a 100 000-year history through archaeological, historical and contemporary artworks.

Penny Siopis mini-survey at Frieze London
At Frieze London, Stevenson presented ‘A Painting Looks’, a mini-survey of work by Penny Siopis, which included paintings, video, photography, sculpture and installation, spanning close to four decades of her artistic practice.
Siopis and Ractliffe for Taipei
The Taipei Biennial 2016, curated by Corinne Diserens, includes a new film by Penny Siopis and photographs by Jo Ractliffe. The theme of the biennial is 'Gestures and archives of the present, genealogies of the future: A new lexicon for the biennial'.
Penny Siopis in Mauritius

Penny Siopis had a solo exhibition titled Incarnations at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean. Her monumental triptych Late and Soon (2013-15) and video Communion (2011) formed the heart of the show.

Home Truths at the South African National Gallery

Penny SiopisDeborah Poynton, Zander Blom and Ian Grose were included in the group show Home Truths: Domestic Interiors in South Africa, curated by Michael Godby, at the Iziko South African National Gallery.

 I Love You Sugar Kane
Ian Grose, Simon Gush, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Zanele Muholi, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Deborah Poynton, Penny Siopis, Mawande Ka Zenzile and Portia Zvavahera were included in I Love You Sugar Kane, curated by Zasha Colah, at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Mauritius.