Mary Sibande I Glamour I Woman of the Year

Glamour I Woman of the Year Art: Mary Sibande

By Janna Joseph, Nicola Davidson, Eloise Brink

Photography: Steve Marais

As a child growing up in Barberton, Mpumalanga, no surface was safe from Mary Sibande’s touch – literally, as crayon marks everywhere proved. Fast forward to 2001, and Mary was a fine art student at the Witwatersrand Technikon. That’s when she had an idea for a sculpture that would launch her career.

“I’m inspired by our collective South African history and post-colonial identity, and my grandmother and mother were domestic workers,” she says. “To tell their stories, I needed to make them the focal point.”

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