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Mary Sibande

Old wars are out and a new reason of humanity is in

Mary Sibande (b. 1982, Barberton, South Africa) lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sibande’s proposal recreates the pedestal that holds a sculpture of Jan Van Riebeek—the first Dutch person to travel to what is now South Africa—that currently stands in Cape Town. The crumbling pedestal is pecked by red chickens, a symbol of anger.


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