Abe, Stacey Gillian

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Stacey Gillian Abe, born 1990 in Kampala, Uganda.

She lives and works in Kampala, Uganda.

2014 BA Hons in Art and Industrial Design, Kyambogo University, Kampala, UG
She has dedicated her skills to creating art for the community with the aim of inspiring and motivating people, mainly the female gender. Situations in society, personal experiences are the foundation of her paintings and sculptures. She has strongly contributed to the development of the African community.

Stacey Gillian Abe’s concepts highlight the strengths and fragility of the female mind as seen as autobiographical and drawn from past experiences, they attempt to critique stereotypical depictions of her as a black woman. These materialize into created imagined spaces that instigate a surreal mystical feel to the work at their best borne of two realms contrasting and complementing each other.

Each space that Gillian works on has its own contexts and gets its own interpretations; it also springs views on self-resilience and what can be overcome. She has incorporated a metaphorical and experimental approach to her work through her interest in exploring new techniques with parallel mediums like glass and ceramics, fibres, textures and light photography. They draw attention to the hand-made through the method of tying together and binding, stitching, clustering and pairing which are assembled and layered to construct a metaphorical concept.
2019 La Puente - Seat of Honor, LKB/G, Hamburg, DE
2019 Cape Town Art fair, Cape Town, ZA
2018 Johannesburg Art Fair FNB, Johannesburg, ZA
2018 Cape Town Art fair (solo presentation), Cape Town, ZA
2018 13th Dakar Biennale “off”, Dakar, SN
2018 Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, ET
2018 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, New York, US
2017 Johannesburg Art Fair FNB, Johannesburg, ZA
2017 4th Silk Road Festival, Xi‘an, CN
2016 Kampala Contemporary Circle Art Agency, Kampala, UG
2016 Eroticism and Intimacy- Faces, Places and Paths The Underground Art Space, Kampala, UG
2016 12th Dakar Biennale, Dakar, SN
2016 AtWork ArtBasel, Basel, CH
2014 Women without Borders, Institut Francais Kinshasha, Kinshasa, CD
2014 International Stone talk, Nairobi Museum, Nairobi, KE
2014 KLA ART 014, Kampala, UG
2014 7th International Bayimba Festival of the Arts, Bayimba, UG
2013 Age of Innocence, Fas-Fas Art Gallery, Kampala, UG


2019 Zu Gast bei Urbane Künste Ruhr, Dortmund, DE
2016 Culture Vultures, Sefrou, MA
2015 Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam, TZ
2014 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust, Kampala, UG

2019 Iwalewahaus Art award 2019
2017 The Project Space Residency Award „rest of Africa“
2016 Prince Claus fund award
2014 New talent award (2nd place) - the boda boda project KLAART 014