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Sweetest Devotion (2021)

Billie Zangewa

hand-stitched silk collage

The Harris, Preston

Sweetest Devotion (2021)

© Billie Zangewa. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.



Craft, Textile, Embroidery




Stitched (hand)


106 x 137 cm


Presented by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund at Frieze, 2021/22

Ownership history:

Purchased from Lehmann Maupin, London by the Contemporary Art Society through its Collections Fund at Frieze, 28 September 2021; presented to the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, 2021/22


Black (presence)
Billie Zangewa’s work is autobiographical and centralises Black femininity, everyday domesticity and motherhood – what the artist has termed ‘daily feminism’. She combines vibrant silks, gems, haberdashery trimmings and other textile pieces in her works. Sweetest Devotion (2021) is a hand-stitched silk collage depicting a quiet scene with Zangewa’s son Mika and his uncle, at home in Johannesburg. They sit comfortably together, lost in their separate activities. It comes from a body of work inspired by the artist’s appreciation for family during Covid and the important role family plays in making her who she is. Mika’s uncle spent the first lockdown with them and was a source of strength and feelings of safety.

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