Billie Zangewa at Galerie Templon, Paris

Billie Zangewa Templon Daisy Sainsbury Billie Zangewa, "At the end of the day" 2020. Embroidered silk, 137 x 109 cm. © Courtesy Templon, Paris – Brussels

As the opening day of Billie Zangewa’s show drew to a close, few would have anticipated the circumstances that would soon engulf it, nor the new resonances her work would find in light of them. While visitors trickled out of Galerie Templon, Emmanuel Macron announced new measures to combat COVID-19. In the days that followed, the country went into lockdown: the gallery closed its doors; daily life changed for everyone.

Born in Malawi and based in Johannesburg, Zangewa creates embroidered silk works that celebrate those aspects of the day-to-day that pass unnoticed until they are gone: a school run, a swimming lesson, a birthday party with friends…

Read the full article in the May edition of ArtReview. Available online here.