↑ Binelde Hyrcan, Cambeck (2011) Video Still. Courtesy of Wedge Collection.


October 25, 2019January 12, 2020

Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context presents work that addresses the concerns, thoughts, and desires of contemporary artists from the Southern African region as they grapple with the legacy of post-colonial structures. Regional Identities x Global Context is the second iteration of Crossing Night, an exhibition series organized by the A4 Arts Foundation—a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the creative arts in southern Africa. With an emphasis on transition and transformation, Crossing Night explores how local politics, urban landscape, and place shape the personal identities that define regional culture. The exhibition will feature photography, video, sculpture, and installation works. For this exhibition, MOCAD and A4 Art Foundation are proud to partner with Wedge Collection—one of Canada’s largest, privately owned contemporary art collections focused African diasporic culture and contemporary Black life.

Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context will include a range of works that push the form of lens-based practice, by artists including Jody Brand, Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Calvin Dondo, Binelde Hyrcan, Samson Kambalu, William Kentridge, Lebohang Kganye, Sabelo Mlangeni, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Athi-Patra Ruga, Penny Siopis, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy Tillim, Andrew Tshabangu, Kyle Weeks, among others. Additionally, MOCAD is proud to announce that artists Moshekwa Langa and Kemang Wa Lehulere will travel to Detroit to create site specific sculptural installations for the exhibition.

Crossing Night will be accompanied by States of Flux–a public program series for Detroit based artists, thinkers, and organizers to respond to the themes of the exhibition. States of Flux will include talks, performances, and workshops that will serve as a platform for robust understanding and intercultural dialogue between Southeastern Michigan and Southern African regions.

Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in collaboration with the A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town and is curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator, Josh Ginsburg, Director at the A4 Arts Foundation, and Jova Lynne, Ford Curatorial Fellow. Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Exhibitions and public programs at MOCAD are supported by the A. Alfred Taubman Foundation.