She was born in Malawi but now lives in South Africa with her husband and children. She is confined at the moment and since all fabric shops are closed, she cannot send more works to galerie Templon which has sold out the exhibition during the lockdown. It was a beautiful discovery for me to see the ten embroideries by Billie Zangewa, which are mostly devoted to her family life and peace.
Daniel Templon spotted her work at Art Paris and in London and finally signed her on while showing at the JoburgArtFair two years ago. This very original artist, whose mother was a great seamstress, has a style of her own. Inspired by photography (she particularly likes Ellen von Unwerth), Billie Zangewa manages to create portraits in silk collages sown together, which look like they are in motion. It could be the silk that moves, the very light way they hang on the wall. She was also part of the Exhibition “Ladies by Ladies” at l’Espace Art Absolument last year.
The works are very, very sophisticated patchworks, which come out truer than life. I timidly asked for the price and the range is 50 to 70 000 €. Just like couture gowns! They are pinned on the wall and seem to be alive. It is a true joy to spend some time with them.
So make sure to visit this show before June 4, Galerie Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg. It will make you happy! And Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota will be at the gallery of rue du Grenier Saint Lazare from May 30 th onwards.
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