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Biography of Penny SIOPIS

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Penny Siopis is South african artist.

Penny Siopis is a South African of Greek descent., she was born in 1953 in the semi-desert town of vryburg in the northern Cape. She lives in Johannesburg where she works as an artist and lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. She studied fine arts at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She was awarded a British Council scholarship and continued her studies in the United Kingdom. Her work has been shown in many international biennales including the Venice Biennale (1993), the Johannesburg Biennales (1995, 1997), the Kwangju Biennale (1995) and the Havana Biennales (1994, 1997). She has also participated in a many international exhibitions: Democracy's Images: Photography and Visual Art after Apartheid, BildMuseet, Umea (1998); La Memoire, (part of an international exhibition on the thematic cycle, La Ville, Le Jardin, La Memoire - 1998-2000), Villa Medici, Rome, (1999); Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa, Museum of African Art, New York (1999); Lines of Sight: Perspectives in South African Photography, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, ( 2001); Africas: The Artist and the City, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Barcelona (2003); Kwere-Kwere: Journeys into Strangeness, Amicitae, Amsterdam (2003): New Identities: Contemporary South African Art, Museum Bochum, Bochum (2004); Mine(d)fields, Kunsthaus, Basel, (2004). Siopis's most recent solo exhibition was Three Essays on Shame at the Freud Museum in London, 2005.

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