Photo gallery ‘Sower in the Field’
Moving crews installed South African artist Mary Sibande’s sculpture “Sower in the Field” at UW–Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art on Feb. 27. In her works, Sibande “not only interrogates the current intersections of race, gender, and labor in South Africa, (but) actively rewrites her own family’s legacy of forced domestic work imposed by the then-apartheid state,” according to her biography on marysibande.com.
Workers from Reynolds Transfer and Storage uncrate the sculpture, which came to campus via freight ship, train and truck.
"Sower in the Field" was cast in bronze at a foundry in South Africa.
The life-size sculpture of a Black woman, intended to be shown at ground level, will engage students and visitors in conversations around representation.
Having hoisted it from its temporary wooden platform, workers ease the statue into place in a prominent setting.
In her works, Sibande places female domestic workers in roles of power denied to them under apartheid in South Africa.