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Pamela Phatismo Sunstrum @ Tiwani Contemporary
11 January 2019 - 8 March 2019
Diorama, is an exhibition of new work by Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, whose work is grounded in drawing, but also encompasses installation, animation and performance. For this new body of work, Sunstrum explored early 20th-century studio portraits featuring people of colour posing against contrived and hand-painted landscape backdrops. Her ideas are developed around self-mythology, illusionism and fantasy, and she constructed her own diorama as a starting point for her new series of paintings. These feature romantic landscapes, potted plants, rococo style furniture and a checkerboard floor, in reference to European Renaissance paintings and the iconic flooring of Alonge’s Studio in Benin.