Stacey Gillian Abe (Ugandan, born 1990)
Indigogo #5, 2018
Unsigned with certificate of authenticity
UV Digital print on Art Board | Edition 1/5
40 x 60 cm
Ksh 195,000 – 275,000
(US$ 1,750 – 2,500)
Provenance: Direct from the artist via Afriart Gallery
Sold Ksh 223,060
Born in 1990, Stacey Gillian Abe graduated with a BA (Hons) in Art and Industrial Design from Kyambogo University in 2014. Her work mirrors her memories as a young African woman and the continuous personal experiences within the community she lives in. This autobiographical series highlights complex situations such as stereotypical depictions of her as a black woman and draws on the strength and fragility of the female mind. Her art probes unsettling narratives of identity, gender, spirituality and cultural mysticism, both past and present.
The Indigogo series references indigo dye, a tangible substance with a long history. The dye is used to transforms the body, defying conventional notions of femininity and identity. This transformation of the body depicts the transition from physical form to a spiritual realm. Abe is interested in the mutability of the body, how it takes on and consequently loses identity.
Gillian has participated in La Puente – Seat of Honor, LKB Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 2019; Johannesburg Art Fair FNB (2017, 2018), South Africa; Cape Town Art fair (solo presentation 2018); 4th Silk Road Festival ( 2017); 13th Dakar Biennale ‘off’ (2018); Addis Foto Fest 2018, Ethiopia; and 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, New York ‘Pioneer works’ (2018).