Siemon Allen
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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 issues of identity and branding. His most current collection project is an extensive web-based archive documenting South African audio history (www.flatinternational.org). Records an installation that developed out of this archive was shown in South Africa in 2009 and in the United States in 2010.

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.

In 2005, Allen presented his third collection project, Cards—a collection of US Military trading cards—in the exhibition Patriot at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and later in the exhibition Enemy at Momenta in Brooklyn, New York.

In addition to collection projects and woven panel installations, Allen also employs cut-up collage techniques using comics. These works have been shown in a number of venues including Art Positions at Basel Miami and at The Project in Los Angeles.

Allen is currently a viisiting professor in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.