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Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, ‘When I see her’, Museum of African Design (MOAD)
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When I see her

30 3/10 × 34 3/5 in
77 × 88 cm
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MAD
Museum of African Design (MOAD)
Johannesburg

Artist's Statement
My art practice is based in drawing and includes experimental animation, …

Artist's Statement
My art practice is based in drawing and includes experimental animation, sound installations and performance. In my most recent work, I am exploring theories in modern quantum physics (about time, space and the universe), as well as popular tropes in science-fiction literature (time-space travel, …

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Painting
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Photographer: Louis Grobler Artwork copyright holder: Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum
Botswanian, b. 1980
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Driven by a fascination with ancient mythologies and scientific theories, Sunstrum muses on the origins of time, geological concepts, and ideas about the universe. Her works on paper, large-scale installations, and stop-motion films are rooted in autobiography, addressing the development of transnational identities, human connections, and cross-border rituals. Having lived in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the United States, Sunstrum developed an alter-ego, Asme, to convey her unfixed, evolving selfhood. The image of Asme is often superimposed with overlapping gestures as a means of suggesting compounded time, illustrating her universal, atemporal existence. Sunstrum’s landscapes also expand on themes of timelessness; she reconstructs sites both real and imagined to reveal the small scale of individuals within the vast universe, a concept that is reminiscent of 18th-century notions of the sublime.

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, ‘When I see her’, Museum of African Design (MOAD)
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, ‘When I see her’, Museum of African Design (MOAD)
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About the work
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MAD
Museum of African Design (MOAD)
Johannesburg

Artist's Statement
My art practice is based in drawing and includes experimental animation, …

Artist's Statement
My art practice is based in drawing and includes experimental animation, sound installations and performance. In my most recent work, I am exploring theories in modern quantum physics (about time, space and the universe), as well as popular tropes in science-fiction literature (time-space travel, …

Medium
Painting
Image rights
Photographer: Louis Grobler Artwork copyright holder: Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum
Botswanian, b. 1980
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Driven by a fascination with ancient mythologies and scientific theories, Sunstrum muses on the origins of time, geological concepts, and ideas about the universe. Her works on paper, large-scale installations, and stop-motion films are rooted in autobiography, addressing the development of transnational identities, human connections, and cross-border rituals. Having lived in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the United States, Sunstrum developed an alter-ego, Asme, to convey her unfixed, evolving selfhood. The image of Asme is often superimposed with overlapping gestures as a means of suggesting compounded time, illustrating her universal, atemporal existence. Sunstrum’s landscapes also expand on themes of timelessness; she reconstructs sites both real and imagined to reveal the small scale of individuals within the vast universe, a concept that is reminiscent of 18th-century notions of the sublime.

When I see her

30 3/10 × 34 3/5 in
77 × 88 cm
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