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About this exhibit:
The wait seems to go on forever (mural, 2008)
In The wait seems to go on forever, Sibande takes on the persona of her character Sophie, suspended between two worlds, in limbo, gesticulated like a mechanical doll. Sophie seems frozen in time, going through the motions, just waiting, symbolic of the endless process of redefinition of identity, and the uncertainty of future destinations.
About Sibande On Campus:
Rising young South African artist Mary Sibande constructs elaborate visual narratives to consider race, gender, and class in post-colonial South Africa. Rooted in her own family’s history of three generations of women as domestic servants, Sibande’s larger-than-life figures clothed in yards of fabric confront the viewer with the stark limits of cultural heritage as well as the possibility of transformation. Sibande’s Ann Arbor fellowship includes an original installation at the U-M Institute for the Humanities gallery, a Penny Stamps lecture, an open studio at the Stamps School on North Campus, and exhibition of Sibande’s existing work at Gallery DAAS, the U-M Museum of Art, and the Stamps School Slusser Gallery.