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CVA presents year-round exhibitions that spark curiosity and conversation featuring artists of local significance and international reach so that visitors can engage at the forefront of contemporary art. 



Current Exhibitions


Zanele Muholi - Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness


January 8 – March 20, 2021

In more than 80 self-portraits, celebrated visual activist Zanele Muholi (South Africa, b. 1972) uses their body as a canvas to confront the deeply personal politics of race and representation in the visual archive. Their ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama, which translates to ‘Hail The Dark Lioness’ from isiZulu, one of the official languages of South Africa, playfully employs the conventions of classical painting, fashion photography, and the familiar tropes of ethnographic imagery to rearticulate contemporary identity politics. 

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Image: Zanele Muholi, Faniswa, Seapoint, Cape Town, 2016 © Zanele Muholi Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/ Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York



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