Lehmann Maupin – Billie Zangewa: Running Water

10 November 2021 - 8 January, 2022
Billie Zangewa, Body and Soul, 2021, Hand stitched silk collage, 27.95 x 27.95 inches, 71 cm x 71 cm, © The Artist, Image Courtesy Lehmann Maupin London

Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce Flesh and Blood and Running Water, two concurrent exhibitions featuring new work by Johannesburg-based artist Billie Zangewa, which will be presented across the gallery’s Seoul and London locations. Best known for her intricate collages composed of hand-stitched fragments of raw silk, Zangewa creates figurative compositions that explore identity and challenge the historical stereotype, objectification, and exploitation of the black female form. For her second presentation with the gallery, Zangewa has created two bodies of work inspired by a new-found appreciation for family, labor, and ritual that resulted from living and working in isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Flesh and Blood features work focused on the artist’s close community of family and friends, while Running Water examines the day-to-day acts of work, parenting, and self-care. The exhibition titles are inspired by lyrics from the Neville Brothers’ song Sons and Daughters (1990), which the artist heard on Radio Nova, a French radio station based in Paris.

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