August 30, 2023
Above: Young artists from our Masiphumelele programme at Zeitz MOCAA
Lalela artists had the special privilege of seeing their artworks on the walls of Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town in an exhibition tying in with the finale of the museum’s ‘When We See Us’ show…
Lalela youth witnessed their artistic creations come to life within the esteemed halls of the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) —an experience so profound that many found it hard to believe the moment was real.
The exhibition, ‘A Gaze from Within’, is the artistic response of Lalela learners to the themes explored in the iconic exhibition, ‘When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting’.
The paintings and photomontages crafted by these talented youth resonated with the six main themes of the larger exhibition: everyday life, joy, repose, sensuality, spirituality, and triumph.
Many of the young learners had a profound reaction to seeing their artworks on display.
Sinesipho, in Grade 9, explained: “I’m just so surprised. I didn’t think it was beautiful. I can’t stop smiling!”
Fiona, a Grade 8 learner echoed the sentiment of pride experienced by the learners taking in the display of their work.
“This is a great moment. I didn’t know it would make it up here.”
‘A Gaze from Within’ was unveiled the same night as the send-off event for the exhibition ‘When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting’ held at Zeitz MOCAA.
Above: The artists got to see their own beautiful work displayed on the walls of this prestigious art museum!
The Lalela team attended the exhibition’s send-off, an event that celebrated art, music and youth expression.
Firdous Hendricks, Lalela’s Executive Director, had the opportunity to address the audience and emphasized the value of engaging young people in the arts.
Firdous shared: “Engaging in the arts has a transformative effect on children. It helps them perceive the world through a unique lens and participate in meaningful conversations and helps them to evolve into critical thinkers and influential figures in their communities. This process shapes the path of future generations.”
At Lalela, our commitment is to nurture creativity and expression through educational arts opportunities. Our after-school workshops, hosted at Zeitz MOCAA and at other places, are designed to inspire young people to explore their own experiences in South Africa through art. It’s a journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and transformation.
Through our programmes, we’re witnessing the birth of a new generation of creative thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders who will undoubtedly make their mark on the world.
Above: A joyful outing concludes for these young artists.
‘A Gaze from Within’ is curated by Amy Cornfield, Education Specialist from the Zeitz MOCAA Centre for Art Education and Lalela’s Firdous.
It’s up for the last week of the museum’s ‘When We See Us’ show, in the Sheryn Centre on the ground floor. Catch it until 3 September!
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