Opening exhibition All Things Being Equal... at Zeitz MOCAA

Opening exhibition All Things Being Equal... at Zeitz MOCAA

In what has been described as a seismic moment for the history of art in Africa, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) opens its doors on Friday 22 September at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. This is the world’s largest not-for-profit museum of contemporary African art and the first of its kind to be established on the continent. Designed by celebrated architect Thomas Heatherwick, the space is an extraordinary restoration of what once was a derelict grain silo. There are nine floors and over 100 galleries, including a cathedral-like atrium on the ground floor and a sculpture garden at the very top. Travelling through the cellular structures, visitors are invited to explore this 102,000 square foot space and its numerous exhibitions focused on cutting edge work from Africa and the diaspora created in the 21st century.

The opening exhibition in the permanent galleries is entitled All Things Being Equal and curated by Coetzee. There are 41 artists participating in the show, including Hank Willis Thomas, Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou, Kendell Geers, Nicholas Hlobo, William Kentridge, Mohau Modisakeng, Mary Sibande, Penny Siopis and Kehinde Wiley. The show urges viewers to make up their own minds when asking themselves the question ‘How will I be represented in the museum?’

The title of the exhibition is derived from one Hank Willis Thomas' works, who in 2010 boldly wrote in big aluminium letters: All Things Being Equal...

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Hank Willis Thomas, All Things Being Equal..., 2010