About the Photographer
South African, b. 1982
Mary Sibande is a painter, sculptor, and photographer whose practice focuses on gender, race and identity and grapples with her experience as a black woman growing up in apartheid South Africa. Sibande often includes representations of a domestic worker named Sophie in her sculptures and photographs. Modeled after an alter ego of herself, Sibande transforms Sophie’s traditional blue and white servant’s uniform into lush Victorian era gowns. The purple color in this photograph refers to a march that took place in Cape Town in 1989, where the police sprayed protesters with purple dye to mark them for arrest after the march.