Born in 1990, Stacey Gillian Abe is a conceptually working artist whose practice includes photography, sculpture, installation, performance and painting.

She was born in Kampala, Uganda. In 2014, she graduated from Kyambogo University, Kampala, with a BA Hons in Art and Industrial Design.

Here are three reasons why Gillian Stacey Abe is our woman of the month.

Her Powerful Portrayal of Women

Stacey’s art defines unsettling narratives of gender, spirituality, cultural mysticism, both in the past and present. With her works, she basically delves in the strengths and fragility of the female drawn from past experiences.

She is Uniquely Creative

Her work has its own unique situation and features self-strength.

Stacey utilises a figurative technique to deal with her work through exploring new methods with equal mediums like glass and pottery, fibers, textures and light photography.

“My concepts are more or less birthed from a personal context and then blown out of proportion, shrunk, distorted or disintegrated from which possible meaning and interpretations are shifted. I personally believe we are spiritual beings and that there are no distinction between the spiritual and physical (or material) world and a life oriented towards an inner being.” – Stacey Gillian Abe.

She is Globally Recognised

Stacey has received numerous awards, and this her made her globally recognized. In 2019, she won the Iwalewa Art Award of the Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth, the First Merit Award, L’Atelier ABSA Barclays; and the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development (2016).

She was listed among the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 Creatives in 2018. In 2019, Stacey was an artist-in-residence at Urbane Künste, Dortmund and Fondation Blachère, Apt (2018), in 2016, she proceeded to hold a residency at Culture Vultures, Sefrou.

Her artwork has been exhibited in several exhibitions in both Africa and abroad, among them are International Stone talk, Nairobi Museum, Nairobi; Women without Borders, Institut Francais Kinshasha, Kinshasa; Art crossing boarders-Pawa 254, Goethe institute, Nairobi, and the 12th Dakar Biennale, Dakar. In 2020, she participated at the 2020 Stellenbosch Trienniale, Cape Town.


Posted by:Sarah Usman

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