Guest edited by Deborah Nash
On show at Brighton CCA, 24 February – 13 May 2023
Brighton CCA Billie Zangewa North Gallery. Image courtesy of Rob Harris
Born in Malawi, brought up in Botswana and resident in Johannesburg, artist Billie Zangewa brings a capsule collection of her works in silk to Brighton’s Centre for Contemporary Arts for her first solo exhibition in the UK, which will tour to John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and The Tramway, Glasgow. Seven textile collages of dupion silk depicting scenes from the artist’s every-day life are displayed in the North Gallery. In the adjoining South Gallery is a newly commissioned work, Paradise Revisited, featuring mother and child (Zangewa and her son Mika) relaxing in an empty holiday resort, while the swimming-pool setting repeats in a neighbouring work Game. Unusually, prints of Zangewa’s working drawings taken from photographs are included to give a complete picture of her practice.
Artistic director of Brighton CCA, Ben Roberts, says of the exhibition: “It is a challenge to the often reductive prejudicial view of black women in culture and the media generally, replacing it with something more rounded and three-dimensional.”.............................
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