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Biography of Billie ZANGEWA

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Billie Zangewa born in 1973 is an artist who originates  from Malawi & South Africa. She works and lives in London. She  rose to prominence when she won the Gerard Sekoto Absa L'Atelier Award in 2004. Her signature autobiographical silk tapestries have been exhibited widely since.

She has exhibited in Paris, New York, and Gaborone amongst many others. Needless to say she is well-travelled. Her silk tapestries illustrate a personal connection to the places she has visited and the people who have inhabited them.

Billie Zangewa makes figurative works in which she records experiences and explores ideas she finds of interest. Her works are made from fabric, sewn painstakingly onto a base in a way that allows her to build a picture and suggest the illusionism of painting or photography, but which lets the textures of the various fabrics disrupt easy consumption. Zangewa's choice of materials resonates with her abiding interest in fashion. Many of her images also take fashion and glamour as their subjects, yet she avoids placing an all-too-predictable feminist slant on the phenomenon of fashion, choosing instead to use it as a formal base from which her gentle satire and social observations flow.

Last update : 05/05/2011

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