When We See Us

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Date: From 20 November 2022

Time: Tues to Sun

Venue address:
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, V&A Waterfront Silo District, S Arm Rd, Waterfront, Cape Town

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An exploration of self-representation that celebrates Black subjectivity and Black consciousness from pan-African and pan-diasporic perspectives are the themes that will be presented in Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa’s (Zeitz MOCAA) upcoming survey exhibition titled When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting. The exhibition is set to open in November as the precursor to the museum’s Gala fundraising weekend, presented in collaboration with longstanding institutional partner Gucci.

With a primary focus on painting, specifically works produced from the 1920s to the present, When We See Us celebrates how artists from Africa and its diaspora have imagined, positioned, memorialized and asserted African and African-descent experiences. The title of the exhibition is derived from When They See Us, a 2019 American drama mini-series, directed by Ava DuVernay, that depicts various forms of violence against Black bodies as still witnessed globally today.

The topical themes prevalent in this exhibition are no coincidence, with Kouoh and her team exploring subject matter that not only speaks to their curatorial interests but also aligns with the larger vision and mission of Zeitz MOCAA. In Kouoh’s own words, this vision includes highlighting the myriad forms and aesthetics produced by artists from Africa and its diaspora, which, in turn, reveal the knowledge systems that analyse and project the human experience from trans-geographic territories of Africanity.

When We See Us will open to the public on Sunday, 20 November 2022. The Zeitz MOCAA Gala Dinner + Party, supported by Gucci and themed Art + Opulence, takes place on Saturday, 19 November 2022.

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