Sister, 2018


Unique Artwork

Mixed media

Pencil and acrylic on canvas
140 x 112 cm


CM H 140 W 112

IN H 55.12 W 44.09

Certificate of authenticity - Signed by artist



Sister, 2018

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.

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

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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Tiwani Contemporary

Founded in 2011, Tiwani Contemporary works with international contemporary artists.

Tiwani Contemporary exhibits and represents international emerging and established artists, focussing on Africa and its diaspora. The gallery presents work through its exhibition programme and participation in art fairs.

In addition to its commercial activities, Tiwani Contemporary runs a public programme, Art Connect, supported by the A.G. Leventis Foundation. This provides a platform for discussing contemporary artistic practice through publications, talks and projects.

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