WORDS Palesa Kgasane IMAGES courtesy of Zeitz MOCAA
The Home Is Where The Art Is: Art Is Where The Home Is exhibition marks the reopening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) on 22 October 2020, after several months of closure due to lockdown.
The museum is encouraging people from across Cape Town to submit their work, a unique opportunity that allows residents to be part of the museum, not just as visitors but as participants, too.
Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator at Zeitz MOCAA, says, “Since our inception, Capetonians have supported our young institution. This exhibition, which is unprecedented for a major museum, is our way of thanking everyone for their support. It is an invitation to be part of the museum’s ongoing success, particularly as we reopen after a challenging period. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the strength, unity and spirit of individuals throughout this difficult time.”
The open call welcomes artists at every level, working in any medium, as well as collectors, to submit work that they have created during the lockdown period within five categories. Parents with young children who are budding artists are welcome to enter under “Young Artist in Residence”. Other categories include “Homemade Gems”, geared towards hobby artists, while full-time, professional artists fall under the “Professional Practise” group. The category “Local Loves” is dedicated to artworks from artists across the continent. Lastly, those gifted artworks from loved ones can enter under the category “With Love From Gogo”.
There is a two-step submission process, with an online entry period ending today (5 October 2020), after which works can be dropped off between 6 and 11 October 2020 at various locations across the city, namely Tygerberg Art Centre in Parow, PJ Olivier Art School in Stellenbosch, Langa’s Soha Gallery, Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha, Muizenberg’s Casa Labia Cultural Centre, Lalela Project in Hout Bay and Zeitz MOCAA at the V&A Waterfront.
The entry process is free and successful participants will receive a three-month pass to the museum, in addition to having their work exhibited.
“Cape Town is a city with people from all walks of life, nationalities and backgrounds,” says Kouoh. “We are delighted to open our doors to the people of Cape Town and invite them to bring their art home to Zeitz MOCAA.”
A series of public programmes will take place during the exhibition and run until 10 January 2021.