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FNB Joburg Art Fair

This year's fair celebrates an artist who lives and works in Joburg

By Gugu Mkhabela | June 25, 2018 | Category Design

The FNB JoburgArtFair has named Malawian-born Billie Zangewa as the Featured Artist for the 2018 edition. The Fair, now in its eleventh year, will take place from 6 – 9 September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Joburg.


The Fair’s Director, Mandla Sibeko commented that the FNB JoburgArtFair felt it was time to focus on an artist who lives and works in Johannesburg, and whose work expresses and reflects this. Especially after many years of celebrating prolific artists that are living in other parts of the world as featured artists. ‘Billie Zangewa’s work has been included in many prestigious collections and exhibitions worldwide, and we are excited to, this year, present a large-scale work to our FNB JoburgArtFair audience.’


Joburg-based Zangewa sews intricate hand-stitched illustrations using raw silk offcuts. Zangewa’s powerful depictions explore and reflect women often disadvantaged by various sources of oppression – class, gender, race and domestic life. Her mostly autobiographical narratives delicately portray intersectionality and challenge the exploitation of the black female body.


‘I’m thrilled to be selected as this year’s featured artist for the FNB JoburgArtFair. ‘It is a great honour and I’m proud to be in the company of the other artists chosen before me.’


The Rhodes University BFA graduate has exhibited extensively at local and international institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, MASS MoCA, Studio Museum Harlem, Iziko, La Maison Rouge, The Paris Art Fair and many more. Her work is represented in several notable private and public collections, including the Tate Modern, Stedelijk Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art collections.

The Fair will feature more than forty galleries from fourteen countries across Africa, Europe, and the US with a strong representation from the African continent.


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Image: Billie-Zangewa – Vision-of-love (2018)- Courtesy of the artist and Blank projects

Image: Date night (2017) Silk tapestry, Copyright 2017 Billie Zagewa, Courtesy of the artist and blank projects













Left: Billie-Zangewa-The-Sun-Worshipper-Tapestry-with-embroidered-silk (2009)  – Right: Billie-Zangewa-The-Future-Waits-for-No-one-silk-tapestry (2011)


Feature Image: John Hodgkiss

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