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Billie Zangewa: Wings of Change


Lehmann Maupin / New York / Art

“I’m a visual artist based in Johannesburg, specializing in textile work,” says the artist Billie Zangewa. “I explore universal themes, predominantly happening around the home front—domestic scenes so to speak, or what I like to call ‘daily feminism’—by putting a focus on the things that women do at home that aren’t seen or appreciated or acknowledged.” Zangewa does her exploring with needle and thread, a skill women have been schooled in for centuries, creating collages hand-stitched from pieces of raw silk. These remarkable “paintings” are both delicate and moving. —L.J.

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