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Billie Zangewa

Born in 1973 in Blantyre, Malawi.
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Billie Zangewa was born to a South African mother and Malawian father. She was raised in Gaborone Botswana and educated there as well as in Malawi and South Africa, completing a Fine Art degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. There she majored in printmaking and it was her experience with paper that initiated her interest in working with a rich surface which then led her to textiles - silk in particular. After having spent a few years travelling and living in London, she has returned to Johannesburg where she is now based. She has been feeding on her experiences to create stories revealing her appetite for life and awareness of the world. In her silk tapestries, Billie comes out as a triumphant African woman, conscious of her roots and fully in touch with her environment. Her intimate universes meet the public realm in daring and original silk tapestries with strong narratives and presence. The cut silk collage and cotton embroidery offer a rich medium with precious textures and sensitive palettes, feminine but never quaint nor decorative. Billie Zangewa made a mark with her début solo exhibition in Johannesburg in 2004 and has since consistently produced striking artworks and strengthened her unmistakable universe.

Born in 1973 in Blantyre, Malawi.
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Billie Zangewa was born to a South African mother and Malawian father. She was raised in Gaborone Botswana and educated there as well as in Malawi and South Africa, completing a Fine Art degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. There she majored in printmaking and it was her experience with paper that initiated her interest in working with a rich surface which then led her to textiles - silk in particular. After having spent a few years travelling and living in London, she has returned to Johannesburg where she is now based. She has been feeding on her experiences to create stories revealing her appetite for life and awareness of the world. In her silk tapestries, Billie comes out as a triumphant African woman, conscious of her roots and fully in touch with her environment. Her intimate universes meet the public realm in daring and original silk tapestries with strong narratives and presence. The cut silk collage and cotton embroidery offer a rich medium with precious textures and sensitive palettes, feminine but never quaint nor decorative. Billie Zangewa made a mark with her début solo exhibition in Johannesburg in 2004 and has since consistently produced striking artworks and strengthened her unmistakable universe.


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PUBLICATIONS

African Stories

Joël Andrianomearisoa,

Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Calixte Dakpogan,

Omar Victor Diop,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

George Lilanga,

Albert Lubaki,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Gérard Quenum,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Cyprien Tokoudagba,

Pathy Tshindele,

Billie Zangewa

African Stories

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Author : André Magnin

2014

PRESS


Billie Zangewa


À Rochechouart, la femme africaine prend le pouvoir

Quotidien de l'art

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By Roxana Azimi

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28.09.2016
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Omar Victor Diop,

Héctor Mediavilla,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé,

Billie Zangewa


Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design

Zebule Magazine

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 By Guillemette Fougeras   

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29.10.2015
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Omar Victor Diop,

Héctor Mediavilla,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé,

Billie Zangewa


Making Africa - Un continente de diseño contemporáneo

Artesycosas
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28.10.2015
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