Stacey Gillian Abe is a multidisciplinary contemporary Ugandan artist whose work speaks of our insecurities, fears and expectations while in transition, and moving through dimensions and spheres. According to Gillian, “we are spiritual beings pretending to be human. At the time, when these areas are affected or disturbed, even partially, we begin to dislike what we have, know and own”.
Entrapped in a claustrophobic space, as if to highlight a societal situation experienced first-hand that confines her being into a cocoon; she’s torn between the need to withstand and evolve into what society prefers her to be or rapture prematurely and face what she fears most she might become.
Stacey Gillian graduated with a BA Hons in Art and Industrial Design from Kyambogo University in 2014. She has exhibited her work at a variety of group exhibitions including: Women without Borders, Institute Francais Kinshasha (2014); International Stone talk, Nairobi Museum (2014); Age of Innocence, Fas-Fas Art Gallery (2013), Kampala Contemporary Circle Art Agency (2016), and Eroticism and Intimacy- Faces, Places and Paths The Underground Art Space (2016)
She has also participated in: KLA ART 014 (2014); 7th and 8th International Bayimba Festival of the Arts (2014, 2015); Bayimba Regional Festival: Fort Portal (2014); AtWork workshop with Simon Njami and Lettera 27 (2015); The Kampala Art Auction (2015), Art crossing boarders- Pawa 254, Goethe institute (2015); 7th Insaka International Artists workshop Zambia (2015); DOADOA East African performing arts Market (2015); and 6th LaBa Street Art Festival (2013).
Gillian also has completed a residency at: 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust (2014); Nafasi Art Space Dar es Salaam (2015); Culture Vultures Morocco (2016) and holds a certificate in Cultural Leadership- Arterial Network, Goethe Institute (2015). She has produced commissions for Weaverbird Sculpture Park (UG), Gusii Institute of Technology (KY) and Kisii University (KY). She is a receiver of the new talent award (2nd place) – the boda boda project KLAART 014 and a Prince Claus fund award (2016)