African Artists To Take Centre Stage at New Zeitz MoCAA
Zeitz MoCAA has announced that it will on September 22, 2017, hold a monographic show devoted to the work of the Swaziland-born, South Africa-based artist Nandipha Mntambo, Zimbabwean artist and activist Kudzanai Chiurai and Angolan artist Edson Chagas. Each of these exhibitions will take over an entire floor of the fledgling institution.
Nandipha Mntambo is known for her sculptures of the female form. Here, Mntambo focuses on the human body and the organic nature of identity, using mainly natural materials and experimenting with sculptures, videos and photography. One of her favourite materials is the cowhide, often used as a covering for human bodies, boneless sculptures and thus oscillating between evoking the garments that can be shod at will and the bodies that once contained living, breathing, masticating beings with four stomachs. The exhibition will be on display until January 27, 2018.
Kudzanai Chiurai who fled his native country in 2004 after portraying president Robert Mugabe as a demonic figure, will also receive an early career survey. Running until March 31, 2018, the exhibition will include his multi-media installation shown at the 2012 edition of Documenta in Germany, Conflict Resolution, which explores recurring themes in Chiurai’s work: war, abuses of power, reconstruction, and solidarity.
Also featured is a survey of Edson Chagas’ work including his installation for the Angola Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, which won the Golden Lion prize for the best national pavilion and consists of stacks of posters showing discarded objects and doorways in the Angolan capital Luanda. In a nod to the late Cuban-born artist Félix González-Torres, viewers are invited to take away one copy of each poster. The exhibition will be on display until January 13, 2018.
“We are committed to creating a platform for many different voices from across Africa and to support cutting-edge practice across the continent,” says Mark Coetzee, the executive director and chief curator of Zeitz MoCAA. He adds that the three shows will take place alongside another 11 displays, which are yet to be announced. In total, the museum will comprise 80 galleries over nine floors.
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