b. 1982 in South Africa; lives and works in Johannesburg
Mary Sibande tells the story of Sophie, whose imaginary existence she organises in a series of life-size sculptures. Sophie lives in a dream that offers an escape from grey reality: as the artist puts it, "What she can dream, she can live." Sibande garbs her character in work uniforms which, as if taking up a challenge, gradually morph into enormous ball gowns; thus Sophie gains access to a sumptuous world in total contradiction with traditional working-class life in post-apartheid South Africa.