Stacey Gillian Abe is a multidiscplinary visual artist who’s concepts highlight specific complex situations as autobiographical documentation drawn from earlier and continuous experiences. Her installations and performances are integrations between humankind and the spiritual realm believing these spheres to influence and form our individual identities. Her work attempts to review conventional depictions of her as a Black woman by drawing focus to the mind’s suppleness. These materialize into created imaginary spaces that instigate a surreal mystical feel to the work as it probes unsettling narratives on the subject of identity, gender, spirituality, and cultural mysticism, the past, and present.
She was awarded a Prince Claus Fund in 2016, a research award- Residency for Artists and Writers (RAW) Arts of Africa and the Global Souths-Rhodes University and The Mellon Foundation South Africa 2017, NMK Special Prize award: CYNET Art and C. Rockefeller Centre Dresden Germany 2018, ABSA Barclays L’Atelier 2018 First Merit Award South Africa, Urbane Künste Ruhr Scholarly award Germany 2019, IWALEWAHAUS Art award Germany (2019) and is listed in the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 creatives 2018.
2019 La Puente–Seat of Honor, Lars Kristian Bode, Berlin, Germany
2020 Playing to the Gallery, Afriart Gallery, Kampala, Uganda
2014 Women without Borders, Institut Francais, Kinshasa, DR Congo
2014 International Stone Talk, Nairobi Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
2020 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, Afriart Gallery, London, UK
2020 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, Afriart Gallery, New York, USA
2019 ARCO Lisboa, Afriart Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
2019 AKAA Art Fair, Afriart Gallery, Paris, France
2019 LATITUDES Art Fair, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, SA
2019 Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2018 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Afriart Gallery, Cape Town, SA
2018 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, Afriart Gallery, New York, USA
2018 13th Dakar Biennale, Senegal