Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum


In her recent body of work, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum explores early 19th century studio
photography portraits that feature black/brown people posed against somewhat contrived,
hand painted landscape backdrops. Sunstrum is inspired by the manner in which the
subjects in the photographs engage in self-mythology, of casting their own image, regardless
of agency or access to choice. Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (b.1980, Mochudi, Botswana)
currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She has at times times called various parts of
Africa, Southeast Asia, Canada and the United States home.

Recent exhibitions and performances include: Cape Town Art Fair (2018); The Phillips
Museum of Art, Lancaster (2018); Everard Read Gallery (2016); Interlochen Centre for the
Arts, Interlochen (2016); NMMU Bird Street Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth (2016); Tiwani
Contemporary, London (2016); VANSA, Johannesburg (2015); Brundyn Gallery, Cape Town
(2014); FRAC Pays de Loire, France (2013); the Havana Biennial (2012); and MoCADA, New
York (2011).

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