Mary Sibande was born in Barberton, South Africa, in 1982, and currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sibande obtained an Honours degree from the University of Johannesburg in 2007 following a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Witwatersrand Technical College in Johannesburg in 2004. In 2022, a solo exhibition of Sibande’s works titled The Red Ventiriloquist, will be presented by the Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon in Lyon, as well as an exhibition of new work titled A Red Flight of Fancy at SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Sibande has exhibited her work extensively within curated group shows and biennales, including at the 54th Venice Biennale, as part of a group presentation for the South African Pavilion titled Desire, Narratives in Contemporary South African Art, in Venice, Italy (2011). She recently showed work at the West Bund Art & Design, with Bloom Galerie in Shanghai, China; and at Paris Photo with Baverman Gallery in Paris, France, both in 2021. Sibande’s work forms part of various international collections, such as The Pérez Art Museum of Miami Collection, Miami, USA, and The National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA, amongst others.