Billie Zangewa

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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.






Born in 1973 in Blantyre, Malawi
She lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa


EDUCATION

1995 BFA Printmaking Major, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa


SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2020
Soldier of Love, Galerie Templon, Paris, France

2018
Vision of Love, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL, USA

2017
Art Paris, Afronova Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Love and Happiness, Frieze Frame, Regent’s Park, London, UK

2010
Black Line, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009
101 Tokyo International Contemporary Art Fair, Afronova Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2008
Stitch by stitch, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Fragments, Johann Levy Gallery, Paris, France

2007
Silk Tapestries, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005
Hot in the City, Gerard Sekoto Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1997
With a series Gestures, Alliance française, Gaborone, Botswana


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2019
I Am . . . Contemporary Women Artists of Africa, National Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, USA
Mating Birds Vol.2, KZNSA – Kwa, Zulu Natal Society of Arts, Durban, South Africa
Presence, Spelman Museum, Atlanta, USA

2018
Making Africa: A Continent Of Contemporary Design, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA
Second Life, Musée d'Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden – MACAAL, Marrakech, Morocco
Making Africa: A Continent Of Contemporary Design, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

2017
Essential Landscape, MACAAL, Marrakesh, Morocco
Making Africa, Atlanta Museum of High Art, Atlanta, USA
Half-Life of Love, MASSMoCA, North Adams, USA
Stedelijk BASE, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Et Dieu Crèa la Femme, Maison Guerlain, Paris, France
Africa. Raccontare un mondo, CAP, Milan, Italy
Frans Masereel, Mu.Zee, Oostende, Belgium
Back to the Self, Marabouparken Konsthall, Sundbyberg, Sweden
Onder Ons, CIAP Hasselt, Belgium

2016
Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life, Spelman Museum, Atlanta, USA
African Contemporary Art Fair, Afronova Gallery, Somerset House, London, UK - Pioneer Works, New York, USA
Essentiel Paysage, MACAAL, Marrakech, Morocco
Women’s Work, Crafting Stories, Subverting Narratives, IZIKO South Africa National Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
Essentiel Paysage, Musée d'Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden – MACAAL, Marrakech, Morocco
Making Africa: A Continent Of Contemporary Design, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelone (CCCB), Barcelona, Spain
Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, USA
A Constellation, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, USA
The Substance of Things Not Seen, JAG, South Africa

2015
Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women Artists, WIELS, Brussels, Belgium - Lunds Konstall, Lund, Sweden – FRAC Lorraine, France
Africa: architecture, culture and identity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
African Odysseys, Le Brass Cultural Centre, Forest, Belgium
Women’s Work, Iziko National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
Making Africa, Vitra Design Museum, Weil-am-Rhein, Germany – Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain

2014
Fiac Officielle, Magnin-A, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris, France

2013
My Joburg, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany – La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Hollandaise, Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal

2012
Hollandaise, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The progress of Love, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, USA
Africa/Africa, Abbaye St André - Centre d'art contemporain Meymac, Meymac, France

2011
Celebrating 20 artists, MDIS, Johannesburg, South Africa
En toute innocence, subtilités du corps, IF Gallery, Paris, France
Marakesh Art Fair, Palace Es Saadi, Marrakesh, Morocco
Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France
Kaddou Diggen, Galerie Le Manège, Dakar, Senegal

2010
Space, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Transformations, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009
Anima Animal, Fondation Blachère, Apt, France
Creativity Meets Science, Spier, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2008
Re/Presentaciones: Ellas, Casa Africa, Las Palmas, Spain
Vibrant exposure, Amaridian Gallery, New York, USA

2007
Afronism, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Social Fabric, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2006
Nie Meer, De Warande Kunsthalle, Turnhout, Belgium
Dak’Art, African contemporary art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal

2005
Black Fine Art Show, Galerie Intemporel, New York, USA

2004
Brett Kebble Art Award exhibition, Cape Town Convention Centre, South Africa
Aardklop Festival, Absa top ten, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Absa l’Atelier Award exhibition, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2003
Playtime Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa

2001
Group show, Spark Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1999
Printwork, Rhodes University retrospective, Albany Museum, Grahamstown, South Africa

1997
Artists in Botswana, National Gallery of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

1996
Untitled, Gallery Anne, Gaborone, Botswana


RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS

2009
Bronx Museum. New York City, USA

2006
Air Antwerpen. Antwerp, Belgium

2005
Cite International Des Art. Paris, France

2017
Bus Expo, Art Paris in collaboration with Air France

2006
Awarded Res'artis residency with Air Antwerpen at the Dak'art Dakar Biannale

2004
Absa L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award

1997
Artists in Botwana Award Printmaking


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
TATE, London, UK
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, USA
MACAAL, USA
SMBA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Spelman Museum of Art, Atlanta Georgia, USA
Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, USA
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Rhodes University Alumni, South Africa
Reserve Bank of Botswana, Botswana


PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AND FOUNDATIONS

J.P Morgan Chase Manhattan, USA
Fondation Blachère, Apt, France
Spier, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Sasol South Africa, South Africa
ABSA Bank, South Africa
Reserve Bank of Botswana, Botswana





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