Stacey Gillian Abe’s practice draws on autobiographical documentation to highlight complex situations experienced throughout the artist’s life. In her work, Abe attempts to review conventional depictions of her as a black woman by drawing focus to the mind’s suppleness. The resulting works materialise into imaginary spaces that instigate a surreal mysticism, probing into unsettling narratives on the subject of identity, gender, spirituality, and cultural mysticism, the past, and present.
Abe graduated with a BA Hons in Art and Industrial Design from Kyambogo University, Kampala in 2014. Her work has shown at exhibitions, galleries, fairs and biennales globally including, among others: This Is Not A White Cube (TINAWC), Luanda; Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa; OFF Dak’Art, Dakar, Blachere Foundation, La Somone (2018); 4th Silk Road Festival, Xi’an (2017); KAURU Contemporary (2017) and AtWork, Kampala (2015). She has received numerous awards including, among others, the Prince Claus Fund (2016) the Iwalewa Art Award, Bayreuth (2019) and is listed in the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 creatives 2018.