Penny Siopis’ Love (2007) and Swarm (2011) included in ‘Time and Again: A retrospective exhibition by Penny Siopis’ at Iziko SANG
December 2014 – March 2015
Presented by Iziko South African National Gallery, Time and Again is the first retrospective look at three and a half decades of Penny Siopis’ creative production and draws on the recurring themes of history, personal and collective memory and trauma. Although Siopis’ artwork is clearly grounded in the present, both past and future are deeply implicated in its content and physical appearance. The processes of change, decay and ageing, (all traces of the passage of time), are integral to her approach and highlight Siopis’ skillful ability to make time tangible through her manipulation of process, chance and materiality.
This exhibition draws on major institutional and personal collections within South Africa which include the Johannesburg Art Gallery; the Rupert Art Foundation; Wits Art Museum; William Humphreys Museum in addition to numerous private collectors. Working within the genres of painting, sculpture, video and multi-media installations this prolific artist explores intimate narratives that speak of personal and collective history, trauma, shame and loss. The artist layers the materiality of these various art forms to comment on the sociological and psychological traumas experienced by South Africans over time.
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