The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) has reopened its doors after seven months of being closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It officially opened to patrons on October 22 with an exhibition of Capetonian art called Home Is Where The Art Is: Art Is Where The Home Is.

Assembled through an open submission process, this group exhibition of more than 1,600 artworks includes the art of children, professional and amateur artists, collectors, and others from across the city of Cape Town.

Speaking to IOL, Zaid Philander, who is the programme manager of the Butterfly Art Project based at Muizenberg’s Casa Labia, said that having children see their art in spaces such as Zeitz MOCAA allows them to see into their futures.

“When children see their work in a professional gallery space, the little artist gets to see themselves as a part of a bigger world out there. It instils pride in them, and they get a glimpse of their potential future,” he said.

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According to Koyo Kouoh, executive director and chief curator Zeitz MOCAA, the exhibition amplified the museum’s commitment to being accessible to all.

“Art is in the eye of the beholder could be the translation of Home Is Where The Art Is. With no hierarchy or selection, this is an opportunity for us to find out what art means to our audience and by the same token, attempting to find out what a museum could stand for in current times,” she said.

“As part of a re-positioning and re-articulation of the role of our institution, this exhibition marks a transformative shift in how Zeitz MOCAA engages with audiences and foregrounds the creativity and diversity of those in Cape Town.”

The exhibition will run until January 10, 2021. The museum has also said it will display more exhibitions that shine the focus on individual voices.

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