Billie Zangewa

Selected works


Born in 1973 in Malawi, Billie Zangewa lives and works in Johannesburg. Using samples of vibrant silk, the artist hand sews sprightly embroideries who take inspiration from contemporary life scenes. Often the heroin of her figurative compositions, she mixes personal experience with the universal: the bustle of urban megalopolises as well as the actions of ordinary life come alive on the fabric. Everyday life thus becomes a pretext for political reflection on identity, and questions gender stereotypes and racial prejudice.


For her first solo exhibition in England, Billie Zangewa presents artworks from the past 12 years at Brighton Centre for Contemporary Arts until May 13, 2023.

Brighton Centre for Contemporary Arts, England Through May 13, 2023


GROUP SHOW – Narrative Threads: Fiber Art Today

As part of the group show Narrative Threads: Fiber Art Today at the Moody Center for the Arts, Chiharu Shiota and Billie Zangewa will exhibit their works from January 13 to May 13, 2023.


The artists featured in the exhibition speak to contemporary issues of identity, gender, race, sexuality, and power through a medium with deep, multicultural roots that predate written history. 

Moody Center for the Arts, Houston

From January 13 to May 13, 2023


Tomorrow is a Different Day – group show

Using samples of vibrant silk, the artist hand sews sprightly embroideries who take inspiration from contemporary life scenes.

Tomorrow is a Different Day spotlights art and design from the collection, from 1980 to the present, by international artists and designers who are helping to shape the changes of today and tomorrow. They challenge the status quo and offer alternative perspectives.

Stedelijk Museum

Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam

On Going


THE POWER OF MY HANDS, Afrique(s) : artistes femmes – Group show

As part of the Saison Africa2020, Suzana Sousa, independent curator based in Luanda, Angola and Odile Burluraux, curator at the au Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, bring together at MAM a set of works by sixteen female artists from several English-speaking African countries, and Portuguese speakers, or from the diaspora, offering a glimpse of a contemporary African art scene little presented in France. The Power of My Hands, through the creations presented – painting, pottery, photography, video, performance, embroidery etc. – takes into account the capacity of the artists to approach, starting from their personal histories, the social questions which determine the female condition.

From January 22 to May 30, 2021

Musée d’Art Moderne, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris



The exhibition ‘Global(e) Restitance’ reveals for the first time, more than sixty artists reunited for the last century around the question of “resitance”, including Senegalese Omar Ba and South African artist Billie Zangewa.
The exhibition that collects many work from many different medium and countries, questions the theoretical and esthetical relationship between politics and art. The idea of resisting, studied through the handling of politic as well as art for activism, as always been experienced by artists under oppression and inequalities.

From July 29 to January 4, 2021

Centre Pompidou, Rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris


Templon launches a new viewing room

We invite you to experience our new online viewing room for an immersive visit of our Paris and Brussels spaces.
Currently on view: Norbert BiskyDesmadre BerlinJim DineThe Classic Prints, and Billie ZangewaSoldier of Love.
Click on the link below and on each work to explore!


ALPHA CRUCIS – Group show

Alpha Crucis exhibition at Astrup Fearnley Museet gathers seventeen artists from seven African countries – a constellation of artists from the South, brought into northern sight—among which, Billie Zangewa, from Malawi.
The seventeen artists gathered here originate from numerous countries, belong to different generations and have diverse practices. But what they all have in common is that, living in Africa, they are all able to see Alpha Crucis. Can this be seen as a symbol of hope for a pan-African utopia, in which, despite antagonisms, all African countries look in the same direction towards the same guiding light, and do not need to look north when making their art?


From 31 January to 17 May, 2020