Billie Zangewa: Thread for a Web Begun

Thread for a Web Begun, Malawi-born, Johannesburg-based artist, Billie Zangewa’s first solo U.S. museum exhibition will include examples of the artist’s work from the past 15 years, as well as new pieces made specifically for the show. The exhibition comes at an important time for Zangewa, whose career has developed primarily in Europe and South Africa. Thread for a Web Begun is a must-see for exploring and grounding new ways of fabric craftsmanship.

Although many of the scenes depicted in Zangewa’s layered silk tapestries are autobiographical, there is a relatability that goes beyond her personal journey as an artist. Zangewa’s labor-intensive processes recall the historic implications of “women’s work” but remain a steadfastly contemporary interpretation of lived experiences. Zangewa is dealing firstly with identity, as well as socio-politics around gender and skin tone, in a gentle everyday manner. She is also exploring the different roles that women play in society, including motherhood and the impact that it has individually and collectively. The images in her work are deliberately decontextualized. However, when shown in a group, their fragmentary nature is further emphasized, suggesting they are excerpted from a larger narrative.

Photo Credit: Billie Zangewa, Heart of the Home, 2020. Hand-stitched silk collage. 136 x 110 cm. 53 9/16 x 43 5/16 inches. © Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.




20 Oct 2021 - 27 Feb 2022


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  • Date: 20 Oct 2021 - 27 Feb 2022
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The Museum of the African Diaspora


The Museum of the African Diaspora
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