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.”