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Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

Installation view of DYNASTY, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

In September 2024, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum will present a new body of work in The Curve for her first solo exhibition at a major UK institution. Encompassing drawing, painting, installation, and animation, Sunstrum’s work reflects the diverse genealogies of her experience living in different parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the U.S., as well as ongoing research in ethnography, ecology, and quantum physics. The artist’s boundary-crossing practice reflects the formative experiences of her life lived at, across, and in the liminal spaces between borders, alongside notions of home and wholeness.

Shanay Jhaveri, Head of Visual Arts at the Barbican, said: "We are delighted to present the first major solo exhibition of Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s work here in the UK. Drawing from a vast array of references Pamela's commission will look to cinema, theatre, personal history and incorporate them all into a narrative journey unfolding across architectural elements and drawings newly created for the Barbican. As 2023 draws to a close, we eagerly anticipate our visual arts programme for the year-ahead and look forward to revealing even more in the months to come."

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (b. 1980, Botswana) is a Netherlands-based multidisciplinary artist. Notable projects include The Pavilion (2023), produced in collaboration with Remco Osório, at Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE; Liverpool Biennial, Bloomberg (2023); 15th Sharjah Art Biennale (SB15), Sjarjah, UAE (2023); I have withheld much more than I have written, Galerie Lelong, New York, USA (2022); Greater Toronto Art 2021 (GTA21), MOCA Toronto, Canada (2021); Born in Flames: Feminist Futures, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York City (2021); WITNESS: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, El Espacio 23, Miami, Florida (2021).