Past Loan: Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum at Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

Updated: Jan 30


Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, 'Desiree' , 2018

July 12 - October 27, 2019

In July, we were thrilled to sponsor Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum's first institutional solo exhibition in the United States, 'All My Seven Faces' at the Cincinnati Center for Contemporary Art. The exhibition presented the largest display of works by Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum to date. It will be accompanied by the launch of the first monograph devoted to the artist's work, co-published with Tiwani Contemporary and Goodman Gallery (UK/South Africa.) The monograph is also proudly sponsored by the Africa First Collection.


"If someone was looking for extant portals to parallel universes, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s paintings and works on paper would surely be one. While rich in colors and exquisitely appealing to the senses, her vivid tableaux deviate from the passivity and escapism her mediums could elicit and, instead, conjure alternate realities for the viewer. Her work sits within the larger web of African futurists who similarly hone in on postcolonialism, neocolonialism and transcultural identities; however, the works’ specificity lies in the artist’s unique understanding of the radical role played by imagination. Through an alter ego whom she calls Asme (as me), and by way of distinct painting techniques that allow for traces of drawing to remain visible under the layers of paint, Sunstrum renders visible the resolute otherness and newness that the present encompasses, turning imagination into both a creative and revolutionary practice." - Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

Photo credit: Cincinnati Center for Contemporary Art

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