b. 1953 Vryburg, South Africa
Resides in Cape Town
Siopis was born in 1953 in Vryburg (South Africa), and lives in Cape Town where she is an Honorary Professor at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. She has an MFA (1976) and an Honorary Doctorate (2017) from Rhodes University in South Africa. Siopis works in painting, film/video, photography and installation. Her work since the early 1980s has covered different foci but her interest in what she calls the 'poetics of vulnerability' characterises all her explorations, from her earlier engagements with history, memory and migration to her later concerns with shame, violence and sexuality.
Solo exhibitions include Open Studio/Open Form at the Maitland Institute, Cape Town (2017), Penny Siopis: Films at the ERG Gallery, Brussels; Incarnations at the ICA Indian Ocean, Mauritius (2016) and Time and Again at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2014) and Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg (2015). Recent group shows include South Africa: The art of a nation at the British Museum; Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future, the Tapei Biennale (2016); Boundary Objects at the Kunsthaus Dresden; After Eden/Après Eden at La Maison Rouge, Paris (2015); and Public Intimacy at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2014).