About Me

The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) was initiated by leading figures in the visual arts sector from across South Africa in 2003. People felt that the visual arts – unlike the film, performing arts, music, and publishing sectors – lacked a body that could tackle industry issues: from the need to address historical imbalances in access to opportunities in the visual arts, through to the need to attract more public investment and funding for the sector. Growth, Transformation and Opportunity were the three key ideas that motivated the organisation.

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum is an artist and creative researcher working in the fields of drawing, animation, installation and performance. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Artists in New York, The Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, The Kitchen in New York, the Ithuba Arts Gallery in Johannesburg, the FRAC Gallery in Carquefou, France, and the 2012 Havana Biennale in Cuba. Her research interests include exploring the political possibilities of imagining and occupying what she calls “Mythologies of the Future.”

Sunstrum was born in Mochudi, Botswana and grew up living in different parts of Africa, Asia and North America. After completing her Masters in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, USA, Sunstrum returned to Johannesburg where she currently lives and works.

 

Review // Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum // BEACON
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Review // Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum // BEACON

What is utopia and how does one go about imagining it? Are there any existing utopias or are they merely places we are yet to find or, perhaps, never will find? Read a review of BEACON by Mpho Moshe Matheolane in the Mail & Guardian here.  

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum // BEACON: presenting at AFRICAN FUTURES CONFERENCE
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Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum // BEACON: presenting at AFRICAN FUTURES CONFERENCE

EXCERPTS FROM Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum Leaping Out: Landscape, Becoming-Revolutionary, and the Yet-to-Be Response essay for keynote address by Jean-Pierre Bekolo Panel: Africa’s Speculative Futures and New Imaginaries For the AFRICAN FUTURES CONFERENCE at GOETHE JOHANNESBURG 29 October 2015   On the connections between thought and landscape, Yi-Fu Tuan proposes that landscape ‘appears to us through […]

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum // BEACON: inspiration: Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Blob” drawings
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Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum // BEACON: inspiration: Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Blob” drawings

Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Blob” drawings as theorised by Lebbeus Woods: “Blobs were all the rage in architecture a few years back—does anyone recall? While that fashion has passed, to be replaced by ‘parametrics,’ these two trends do share the characteristic of being inspired by the ease with which digital computers can generate complex shapes. Or […]

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum // TERRITORY OF POSSIBILITY: An installation
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Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum // TERRITORY OF POSSIBILITY: An installation

  For even if it is not possible literally to step outside the world or existing reality, the capacity to imagine other possible worlds creates a terrain where it becomes possible to work towards the creation of another world (Shukaitis 2009:99*). TERRITORY OF POSSIBILITY is a drawing installation that takes inspiration from the fake travel […]