Hail Mary! Artist Mary Sibande nabs prestigious international award

08 October 2017 - 00:00 By Sarah Buitendach

On October 27, local art star Mary Sibande will receive the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art's "Award for African Art" at a dinner in Washington DC.
It's the second year this US institution is presenting this prize. Last year it went to acclaimed English-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare and is obviously a really big deal.
As is the fact that Sibande has just wrapped up exhibiting a series of sculptures and digital prints from her The Purple Shall Govern body of work at this year's 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair in London.
The works on display included this mesmerising print entitled Wielding the Collision of Past, Present and Future. The piece is a transitory one between Sibande's purple and red series and features her Priestess character. As Sibande puts it, "The Priestess is offering insight into the past, present and future, interpreting biblical and philosophical texts on wisdom into personal visions and prophecy."
• For more info on Sibande's works, contact Gallery Momo.

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