The work of Pamela Phatismo Sunstrum (b. Mochudi, Botswana; lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa and Ontario, Canada) is grounded in drawing, but also encompasses installation, animation, and performance. Her practice is often rooted in autobiography, addressing the development of transnational identities, human connections, and cross-border rituals. Having lived in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the United States, Sunstrum developed an alter-ego, Asme, to convey her unfixed, evolving selfhood. The image of Asme is often superimposed with overlapping gestures as a means of suggesting compounded time, illustrating her universal, atemporal existence.
She will be joined in conversation by Klaus Ottmann, Phillips Collection Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs.
The Conversations with Artists series provides an opportunity for the DC community and University of Maryland students to hear from leading and emerging artists in an informal setting.