Mary Sibande, Unhand Me Demon!

Saturday, May 22 – Jul 31, 2021

835 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607

Our inaugural exhibition in our new street-level space, opening May 22, 2021, is Unhand me, Demon!, the gallery’s debut solo show with South African artist Mary Sibande. 

Based in Johannesburg, Sibande has exhibited internationally in leading museums, including the Met Breuer, New York; Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, France; and an acclaimed showing at the I:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London. Sibande’s works are included in such prominent collections as the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, France, among others.

The new body of work that Sibande created for this show is rooted in the process of transition and transformation. The artist describes it as “spiritually charged” and “cleansing”—themes perfectly timed for this moment. To accompany the exhibition, we will premiere a new short-form video documentary shot on location in Johannesburg, elucidating Sibande’s studio practice, methods, and concepts.

We hope you will be able to safely join us for this exciting exhibition, and that we will all soon be able to gather together in person in mutual appreciation of art and ideas.