ABOUT THE BOOK
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s debut monograph accompanies a mid-career survey at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (CAC). Presenting the largest display of works by the artist to date, the exhibition conjures a transformative space that evokes the impression of traveling through a tunnel. Visual nods to elements of Tswana home-adornment traditions, as well as sand embankments along the perimeter of the gallery where the walls meet the floor, heighten this sense of passage and location. In addition to documenting these portions of the exhibition, the book also presents the new site-specific wall drawing Sunstrum created in response to Zaha Hadid’s architecture. “Pamela’s work considers imagination as a radical, contemporary praxis, one which, through thought, enables radical alterity within a reality, often perceived as fixed and univocal,” notes contributor Valentine Umansky, CAC Curator of Lens-Based Arts. In addition, the book includes valuable texts from Bessie Head (1937-86) who, though born in South Africa, is considered one of Botswana’s most influential writers, and Raphaela Platow, Director at the CAC.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum was born in 1980 in Mochudi, Botswana, and currently lives and works between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Toronto, Canada. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions, including Tiwani Contemporary in London, England, and the Museum of African Design in Johannesburg.