The Johannesburg-based artist Mary Sibande who creates life-size sculptures of black women in brightly coloured and elaborate Victorian dresses, is one of two African artists (among 30 plus artists worldwide) awarded the Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellowships “… which every year brings several dozen visual artists, musicians, writers, poets and other creative types for six-week-long fellowships in the fifteenth-century Civitella Ranieri castle in Umbria.” The other is photographer Zanele Muholi.

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