Tour led by:
Mark Coetzee (South Africa), Executive Director and Chief Curator (Zeitz MOCAA); and
Sakhisizwe Gcina (South Africa), AKO Foundation Assistant Curator of Special Projects, Curatorial Lab (Zeitz MOCAA).
Each day Zeitz MOCAA offers a short, 15- minute tour that focuses on one object or one artist. This tour is designed for individuals who wish to gain an in-depth knowledge of contemporary art through regular short visits during their lunch break.
Today’s tour will focus on Zanele Muholi’s (South Africa) Faces & Phases series. These works are not merely black and white portraits, but an intimate portrayal of lives that have been traditionally marginalised. The individuals confronting us have collectively experienced the horrors of homophobia, violence, rape and murder. Still, they stand proud of who they are and claim their right to be visible. In a society that fails to take responsibility for the vulnerability of the LGBTQI+ community and the threat of their erasure, these portraits and their unyielding gaze commands respect for their humanity and speaks out against the silence of their violation. Muholi’s images confront injustice, celebrate the existence of gay African individuals and refuse to allow the myth that they are invisible to the eye of history.
Please note this will be a training tour and young curators will join the tour as part of their training.
Meet in the Grand Hall area, near the reception desk.