Penny Siopis | Elfriede Dreyer Gallery

Contemporary South African art 

Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis was born in 1953 in Vryburg, South Africa, and lives in Cape Town. She has an MFA from Rhodes University, Grahamstown (1976), and is an Honorary Professor at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Siopis’s abiding interest in what she calls the ‘poetics of vulnerability’ — manifest in a tension between materiality and image — coalesces with her explorations of history, sexuality, race, memory, estrangement and violence in her paintings, installations and films. Solo exhibitions include Incarnations, at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Port Louis, Mauritius (2016); Penny Siopis: Films at the Erg Gallery, Brussels (2016); Time and Again: A Retrospective Exhibition at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2014) and Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg (2015); 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), in addition to Stevenson Cape Town and Johannesburg. Notable group shows include Unfinished Conversations at the Beirut Art Center (2015); Boundary Objects at the Kunsthaus Dresden (2015); After Eden/Après Eden - The Walther Collection at La Maison Rouge, Paris (2015); Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2014); Prism: Drawing from 1990-2011, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2012); Appropriated Landscapes, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Germany (2011); PEEKABOO - Current South Africa, Tennis Palace Art Museum, Helsinki (2010); Black Womanhood: Images, Icons and Ideologies of the African Body, Hood Museum, New Hampshire; Davis Museum, Wellesley, Massachusetts, and the San Diego Museum of Art, California (2008), as well as the biennales of Taipei (2016), Venice (South African Pavilion 2013, and 2003), Sydney (2010), Johannesburg (1995 and 1997), Gwangju (1997) and Havana (1995). [Stevenson Gallery]