Penny Siopis
South African, born 1953
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Both, and,
The New Parthenon,
Penny Siopis: Restless Republic,

In her diverse practice, Penny Siopis explores the intersection of personal and public histories in South Africa. In the 1980s, Siopis produced history paintings that addressed race and gender representation in public narratives. During the ’90s, she began making prints, video works, and monumental installations. In a series of hand-printed lithographs, Siopis mines the psychology of teenage girls living in black townships in South Africa. The specter of Pinky Pink, a mythical character in black South Africa who preys on young girls, manifests the mass anxieties of communities in which rape and abuses cases are high. In her video work Obscure White Messenger (2010), Siopis presents the narrative of Demitrios Tsafendas, the man who stabbed South African Prime Minister Hendrick Verwoerd (“the architect of Apartheid”) to death in 1966. Siopis also sources imagery from Japanese ukiyo-e

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