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When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting

‘When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting’ is the new exhibition at the Zeitz MOCAA in collaboration with Gucci that explores Black self-representation and subjectivity from pan-African and pan-diasporic perspectives. The exhibition includes painting and portraiture spanning more than a century.

Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director & Chief Curator of the Zeitz MOCAA says in an interview that this exhibition is a representation of Blackness in painting. The exhibition celebrates how artists from Africa and its diaspora have imagined and painted African experiences while also creating necessary conversations around it. The exhibition comprises more than 200 artworks from the last 100 years.

The exhibition includes works by artists such as Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Zandile Tshabalala, Jacob Lawrence, Chéri Samba, Danielle McKinney, Archibald Motley, Ben Enwonwu, Kingsley Sambo, Sungi Mlengeya, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and many others.

The exhibition runs until September 3, 2023.

Words by Tamar Hayden

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