Sluice 10 Minute Talk: Penny Siopis

In 2016, Sluice invited me to participate in their 10 minute art talk series. I chose to talk about Penny Siopis’s video Obscure White Messenger (2010).

A few years ago, I began working on South African video art for my PhD. I focused on the ways in which South African women artists encounter historical events, through the moving image. In retrospect, the choice of videos happened quite intuitively. There was something about them that touched me emotionally. Although at that time I hadn’t really thought about what this sense of emotion meant or what it might mean as a politics and as an ethics. The work that made a deep impression on me, and that represents a pivotal moment for me as someone who writes about art, is by Penny Siopis. Siopis is of Greek heritage and was born in South Africa in 1953.

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