A collaborative playlist for two of our newest works on display!
Mary Sibande's Sophie / Elsie
Sophie/Elsie is part of a series in which South African artist Mary Sibande (b. 1982) explores her family’s history. Three generations of Sibande women were employed as domestic workers in Apartheid South Africa, which Sibande references through Sophie’s blue and white uniform—a dress synonymous with the profession there. Though not quite part of the born-free generation (the name given to children born after the start of Nelson Mandela’s presidency in 1994), Sibande was able to dream of life choices that were inaccessible to her ancestors. These dreams are acted out by her alter-ego Sophie, a life-size fiberglass figure cast in the artist’s own likeness.
Jaume Plensa's Behind the Walls
For this 24 ½-foot outdoor sculpture, Spanish artist Jaume Plensa constructed a towering figure of a teenage girl, who shields herself from the outside world by covering her eyes with her hands. Previously installed at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the work is part of an ongoing series, in which the artist monumentalizes the likenesses of young women in public spaces. The protective gesture seen in this particular sculpture speaks to the weight that societal turbulence and uncertainty places upon an individual.