I wanted to go for the art but they had me at bottomless bubbles…
First Friday at the Zeitz MOCAA yesterday was bubbles and some art viewing…not quite what the Night At The Museum is meant to be. Half price on the entrance ticket, and bottomless bubbles with every bottle of bubbly purchased at their rooftop restaurant Zeitz MOCAA Food. I roped in my partner and we did sundowners with a difference. A very generous charcuterie board and much wine later, and we did eventually make it to the art.
I went specifically to see the LGBTQI+Banele Khoza exhibition at the Curatorial Lab, which is on until 15 October. The artist uses acrylic paints which he blends to look like watercolours. Really soft colours considering the seriousness of the subject matter. According to the Zeitz website, this is the Curatorial Lab’s first project investigating the representation of the LGBTQI+ community in the context of South Africa’s current homophobic intolerant culture. I love how every visit is not just the art, but art that contributes to the current discourse on socio-political issues. Kudos to the curators of the Zeitz MOCAA, they are also the ones to watch.
My last extended visit to this contemporary art space was last year, and I am long overdue for those wandering mornings spent taking in contemporary African art, which is now under the curatorial direction of Azu Nwagbogu.