I Decline I Refuse to Decline

Mary Sibande
2017
African sculpture artwork by Mary Sibande

Mary Sibande is known for her pieces focusing on the story of her alter-ego ‘Sophie’, a domestic worker shown in varying situations. This piece, featured on One Source Live, depicts Sophie wearing a traditional ‘maid’s uniform’ which has been altered to a much grander scale. This African art tells the story of the evolution of the black woman in the South African society, from one who cleans houses to one who has multiple degrees and a high-end career. In this piece, the title speaks for itself, stating that African women of today refuse to stand back and let their futures be decided for them by other people.