Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

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Born in 1980

Lives & works in Toronto, Canada and Johannesburg, South Africa

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Award - Brandywine Prints Workshop Young Artist Fellowship, Philadelphia PA, USA - 2010

Creative Alliance Multi Media Resources Project Grant, Baltimore MD, USA - 2010

Brenner Faculty Grant for Professional Development, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD, USA - 2010

Private Collections : Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt, Germany; University of South Africa (UNISA) Art Collection, Pretoria, South Africa; 12 Decades Hotel Main Street Life Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa

Collected by museums and foundations FRAC des Pays de la Loire Contemporary Collection, Carquefou, France;


Presentation of the artist

In her recent body of work, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum explores early 19th century studio photography portraits that feature black people posing against hand painted landscape backdrops. Sunstrum is inspired by the manner in which the subjects in these photographs engage in self-mythology and cast their own image.

Her landscapes also expand on themes of timelessness; she reconstructs sites both real and imagined that explore the position of individuals within a vast universe, a concept that recalls 18th century notions of the sublime.

Recent exhibitions include All My Seven Faces, CAC Cincinnati (2019); Diorama, Tiwani Contemporary (2019); Multiple Transmissions: Art in the Afropolitan Age, Wiels, Brussels, Belgium (2019); Fly Me to the Moon, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (2019); Women on Airplanes, The Showroom, London (2018); Artpace, San Antonio (2018); There are Mechanisms in Place, Michaelis School of Fine Art Galleries, Cape Town (2018).

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Nationality : Botswana

Painting Contemporary Art

In connection with

Tiwani Contemporary, London - United Kingdom


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1980

Born in Mochudi, Botswana

Education

2007

Masters in Fine Art | Mount Royal School of Interdisciplinary Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD, USA

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2004

BA International Studies (Transnational Cultures) | University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC, USA

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Solo exhibitions & presentations

2019

All my Seven Faces, CAC Cincinnati, USA

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2019

Diorama, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK

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2018

There are Mechanisms in Place, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa

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2018

Earth and Everything, Artpace, San Antonio TX, USA

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2016

Omphalos, Interlochen Centre for the Arts, Interlochen MI, USA

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2016

Polyhedra, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK

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2015

Beacon, VANSA, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2013

ab initio, Davidson College, Davidson NC, USA

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2013

Before Being Asked by the Machine, Room Gallery, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Residencies

2018

Earth and Everything, Artpace, San Antonio TX, USA

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2014

Mashup: The Archive Artist Residency, Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth, Germany

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2013

FRAC International Residency, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France

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2012

Main Street Life Artist Exchange, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2010

Brandywine Prints Workshop Residency, Philadelphia PA, USA

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2019

Fly me to the Moon, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland

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2019

Fly me to the Moon, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

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2019

20 and Odd: The 400-Year Anniversary of Africans Landing at Jamestown in 1619, LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University, NY, USA

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2019

Multiple Transmissions: Art in the Afropolitan Age, Wiels, Brussels, Belgium

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2019

Kubatana, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway

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2019

Still Here Tomorrow to High Five You Yesterday, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa

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2018

Women on Aeroplanes, The Showroom, London, UK

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2018

Carry Over: New Voices from the Global African Diaspora, Smack Mellon, New York NY, USA

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2018

Drawing in/Drawing out: Contemporary Drawing, The Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster PA, USA

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2018

Spring Group Show Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2016

Cinematek Brussels, ‘Seeing in the Dark’, Art Brussels 2016, Brussels, Belgium

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