Mary Sibande was born 1982. She is a South African artist who lives and works in Johannesburg. Her work explores themes of gender, class, and race, through the sculptural representation of her alter ego, Sophie, who is dressed in altered domestic worker uniforms. This work is often seen as autobiographical and draws from the history of four generations of women in her family.Her work has been exhibited in the South African pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale, and her work "Long Live the Dead Queen" was found in murals all over the city of Johannesburg in 2010. In 2013 Sibande received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award and her work "The Purple Shall Govern" toured South Africa.