Published 20 November 2022 in News
20 November 2022 - 3 September 2023
We are delighted that Sungi Mlengeya and Eria 'Sane' Nsubuga' are featured in the monumental exhibition WHEN WE SEE US: A CENTURY OF BLACK FIGURATION IN PAINTING at Zeitz Mocaa - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.
Installation view, Courtesy Zeitz Mocaa
When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting comprises an exhibition, publication and discursive programming that explores Black self-representation and celebrates global Black subjectivities and Black consciousness from pan-African and pan-diasporic perspectives. It boldly brings together artworks from the last 100 years, by Black artists working globally, into dialogue with leading Black thinkers, writers and poets who are active today.
With a focus on painting, the exhibition celebrates how artists from Africa and its diaspora have imagined, positioned, memorialised and asserted African and African-descent experiences. It contributes to critical discourse on African and Black liberation, intellectual and philosophical movements. The title of the exhibition is inspired by Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, the 2019 miniseries. Flipping ‘they’ to ‘we’ allows for a dialectical shift that centres the conversation in a differential perspective of self-writing as theorised by Cameroonian political scientist Professor Achille Mbembe.