Tuesday, 25 Jun 2024
Gloria Coutinho

Exhibition View: When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration In Painting, Zeitz Mocaa, Cape Town (20th November 2022-3rd September 2023) Courtesy of Zeitz Mocaa. Photo: Dillon Marsh

WHEN WE SEE US; A Conversation with Curator Tandazani Dhlakama on the anthology of a Century of Black Figuration in Painting at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

“…I think for many Black artists and art practitioners practicing today, we are what Taiye Selasi and Achille Mbembe called Afripolitan. We all have a multiplicity of some sort. I am a Zimbabwean curator working in South Africa and it

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Emmie Nume, I am, 2021, Mixed Media on Paper, 125.5x110cm, Courtesy of Afriart Gallery

Emmie Nume-A Diamond in the Rough

Promiscuous dark charcoal scribbles and smudges coupled with a few sporadic pastel and acrylic paint highlights here and there is what it’s like. From a distance the artwork is puzzling to the eye. It practically looks messy, unplanned and mysterious. On the surface, one may even equate it to a 5-year old’s random playtime creation.

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Kaleab Abate, Fantasized Reality, 2022 (detail), Mixed Media on Paper, 101.5x101.5cm Courtesy of Afriart Gallery

Kaleab Abate – The In Between

Kaleab Abate’s print works usher us into a complicated space of existence between comfort and distress. The Ethiopian artist who is based in Addis Ababa had his first open studio session in October 2021, after attending a three-month long artist residency in Kampala, Uganda.

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