Me As Me - Pamela Phatismo Sunstrum
Me As Me
Description

Me As Me, in my work I am interested in how experiences of travel can be crafted into mythologies that address the traces of history, stories, and memories that persist in both individual as well as collective identities. I was born in Botswana and much of my childhood was spent living in different parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. I believe it was as a result of those early experiences that I became interested in how travel and 'the journey' can spur on imaginations to invent myths out of our everyday landscape. My recent work features an alter-ego I have invented named Asme, Because of the way I grew up, I always felt I lived in the African Diaspora: that forced or voluntary migrations, movements of laborers, and other systems of globalization have created complex transnational populations. I allow Asme, then, to be an entity that is trans-cultural, trans-historical, and trans-geographical: she belongs nowhere and everywhere all at once. Asme represents the hero in the archetypal quest, ever searching through landscapes that are as fantastical as they are real. My work is often interdisciplinary in nature ranging from love poems collaged from news headlines, to photo animations, drawings, performance, and sound works, to installations composed of found materials and traded goods. 

Artist Bio

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum was born in Mochudi, Botswana, and lives and works between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Ontario, Canada.

She has exhibited her work internationally at institutions including Interlochen Centre for the Art in...

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Me As Me

Medium

Offset Lithograph

Date

2011

Dimensions

74" x 55"

Edition Size

16 prints in this edition

Printer

Robert Franklin

Provenance:

Brandywine Workshop and Archives

Location

Philadelphia, PA