Lives & Works in Kampala, Uganda
Stacey Gillian Abe received her BA in Art and Industrial Design from Kyambogo University in 2014. She has presented her work internationally at exhibitions, galleries, fairs, and biennales. Abe’s practice explores her own identity, complex feelings surrounding womanhood, and the powerful female figure. Her most recent work tackles a vital issue facing the Black community today, which is a sense of belonging.
The autobiographical dimension of her work confronts traditional depictions of the Black body, drawing attention to more cerebral portrayals and challenging the colonial lens. As such, Abe skillfully seeks to represent the deeply personal narratives set in the context of Black history, particularly women’s portrayal in portraiture.
Working primarily with acrylic on canvas, Abe employs deep indigo tones to depict Black women, celebrating their skin and natural hair. Her work draws attention to hand-made methods, as she ties together, binds and stitches onto the canvas, pairing the narrative layers into a metaphorical concept.
Stacey Gillian Abe will be presented by Unit London.