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Billie Zangewa’s portraiture is as tender and textural in material as it is in subject matter: The Malawi-born, Johannesburg-based artist’s hand-stitched, raw silk collages offer intimate, fringed portrayals of Black life. Zangewa received her BFA from Rhodes University in South Africa in 1995 and has exhibited at galleries in Johannesburg, Dakar, Marrakech, Paris, and New York, among many other cities. She has been featured in shows at institutions including Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. Zangewa’s portraits often draw on the artist’s own experiences and explore notions of gender performance, domestic labor, and racial prejudice.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2017
The Half-Life of LoveMASS MoCA
2015
A ConstellationThe Studio Museum in Harlem
2014
HOW FAR HOW NEARStedelijk Museum Amsterdam
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Midnight Aura, 2012

Silk tapestry
39 2/5 × 37 in
100 × 94 cm
Location
Amsterdam
Medium

Billie Zangewa’s portraiture is as tender and textural in material as it is in subject matter: The Malawi-born, Johannesburg-based artist’s hand-stitched, raw silk collages offer intimate, fringed portrayals of Black life. Zangewa received her BFA from Rhodes University in South Africa in 1995 and has exhibited at galleries in Johannesburg, Dakar, Marrakech, Paris, and New York, among many other cities. She has been featured in shows at institutions including Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. Zangewa’s portraits often draw on the artist’s own experiences and explore notions of gender performance, domestic labor, and racial prejudice.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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