Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum was born in Mochudi, Botswana. She has as at times called various parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, Canada and the United States home. She received a Masters in Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School of Interdisciplinary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, USA in 2007. She has participated in artist residencies at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, USA (2007), the Vermont Studio Center, USA (2009), Bag Factory Artist Studios, South Africa (2010), the Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) du Pays de la Loire, France (2013), and the Iwalewahaus African Art Archive, Germany (2014).
Her work is based in drawing and includes installation, animation, and performance. At the moment, her studio practice reflects an interest in finding parallels between ancient mythological cosmologies and advanced theories in mathematics and science. The figures, landscapes, and objects in her work operate as carriers in an ongoing narrative cycle she sometimes calls ‘mythologies of the future.’ She thinks of the characters in her work as time-travelling, mythological, alternate selves. The landscapes they traverse are simultaneously futuristic and prehistoric.
Recent exhibitions and performances include Tiwani Contemporary, London (2016), Cinematek (the Brussels Art Film Festival) at the 2016 Art Brussels, the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) Johannesburg (2015), Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg (2015), Michaelis Gallery at the University of Cape Town (2015), the Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa (2013), the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture, Charlotte, NC, USA (2013), FRAC Pays de Loire, France (2013), the 2012 Havana Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Artists (MoCADA), New York (2011), and the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston.
Photo credit: Cristina Cuevas