Sunstrum, Pamela Phatsimo
Born in 1980 in Mochudi, Botswana
Lives and works in Toronto, Canada and Johannesburg, South Africa
In her recent body of work, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum explores early 19th century studio photography portraits that feature black and brown people posed against somewhat contrived, hand-painted landscapes. Sunstrum is inspired by the manner in which the subjects in the photographs engage in self-mythology, of casting their own image, regardless of agency. Sunstrum’s landscapes also expand on themes of timelessness; she reconstructs sites both real and imagined, revealing the small scale of individuals within the vast universe, a concept that is reminiscent of 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 (2019); Fly Me to the Moon, Kunsthaus Zurich and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (2019); Women on Airplanes, The Showroom, London (2018); The Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster (2018); Interlochen Centre for the Arts, Interlochen(2016); VANSA, Johannesburg (2015); FRAC Pays de Loire (2013); the Havana Biennial (2012); and MoCADA, New York (2011).
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Landlord, 2018, Pencil and acrylic on canvas, 139 x 170 cm. Courtesy Tiwani Contemporary

Artists 2017