Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity, is a contemporary art exhibition at UNISA Art Gallery curated by Paula Nascimento (Angola) and Raphael Chikukwa (Zimbabwe) and includes public programs in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The exhibition is part of the !Kauru Contemporary African Art Project, which is currently in its fifth year and features works by some of the most prominent video and photography artists such as Yinka Shonibare, Robin Rhode, Ayana V. Jackson, Lerato Shadi, Kudzanai Chiurai, Thando Mama and more.
The exhibition will showcase works which examine the material and conceptual complexities of the African identity with themes interrogating race, gender, class, access, intersectionality, transformation and transcendence. As part of the project !Kauru will be running public programs, which include a panel discussion at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre titled Decolonising the Arts and will be facilitated by Kwezi Gule, on Saturday May 28. The discussion is open and free to the public.
The opening reception is on Wednesday, 25 May from 18h00 to 20h00. The exhibition runs until 26 June and exhibition hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 16:00pm.