The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in Cape Town is the largest museum to open among African countries in a century. According to the museum’s designer, Thomas Heatherwick, this is the first institution, much like the Tate in London, that showcases the contemporary art of South Africa and other African countries.
But an institution of this nature, established and designed by a mostly White team, begs the question: can it also reach South Africans, who are living in post-apartheid aftermath?
Art created by Black artists (and mostly curated by Black curators) fill the majority of its 80 galleries, surrounded by spiraling walls (pairs of old grain silos in Cape Town’s harbor serve as its foundation). Cape Town, though, is a complicated city, a hot spot for European tourists and affluence, inaccessible to the townships and communities that encircle it.
Despite this complexity, @thaniapetersen
(whom we featured in Episode 4) says ZeitzMOCAA is a great start for artists of color, to help them be visible and their voices heard.
"'What is important is that we are here now, and we are changing it,'" she said, according to @globeandmail.
"'The only way we can change it is actually by being present in these spaces. If everything is kept outside, how will we ever be able to change it?'"
(Photos via @zeitzmocaa.
Photo 1 features @lungiswa_gqunta
's "Divider" (2016) in the front and @sthemse
's "Signal Her Return" (2016) in the back. Photos 2 and 3 showcases works from Kudzanai Chiurai and @nandiphamntambo