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Siemon Allen

Visiting Assistant Professor MFA Durban Technikon Natal School of Art, South Africa National Higher Degree Technikon Natal, South Africa www.siemonallen.org Siemon Allen is a South African artist who currently lives and works in the United States. His recent installations or “collection projects” include the display of multiple historical artifacts in which he explores and explodes issues of identity and branding. His current investigations include two epic sound collection projects, one mapping the history of the work of Miriam Makeba, the other a web-based archive of South African audio. While in South Africa, Allen was a founding member of the FLAT gallery, an artist’s initiative that operated in Durban from 1993 to 1995. His work was included in the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale as part of the exhibition Graft and also in the Vita 93 and Vita 98 exhibitions. 

In 2001, Stamp Collection—an ongoing collection of South African stamps and a research project into South African history—was presented at the Renaissance Society in Chicago; Artists Space in New York City and the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, DC. 

His second collection project, Newspapers, was included in the exhibition The American Effect at the Whitney Museum in New York City, as well as A Fiction of Authenticity at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. 

Allen’s other work employs cut-up collage techniques using comics such as Tintin and has been shown in Art Positions at Basel: Miami Beach and at The Project in Los Angeles. 

In 2005 Allen presented his third collection project, Cards, in the exhibition Patriot at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and later in the exhibition Enemy at Momenta in Brooklyn, New York.

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