Crossing Night / Hacer Noche

Curated by Francisco Berzunza
November 4, 2018 - February 5, 2019
       Arts Foundation / Projects


Crossing Night/ Hacer Noche (2018): a large-scale exhibition initiative held in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Comprising 5 exhibitions, an artists’ residency programme, a community-based educational programme, and a conference, Crossing Night/ Hacer Noche is the first large-scale exploration of the historical links between Southern Africa and Mexico through the lens of contemporary art. Contemporary art and artists from Southern Africa are invited to interact with the rich Mexican cultural context.

The project looks at societal relationships to death and dying within Southern Africa and Mexico: the relationship between violence and death, the ethics of how we relate to corpses, our rituals of life, death and the afterlife, our connections with our ancestors. 

This is an entry point to a broader search for shared ways of relating to history in the present in these two postcolonial regions.

Hacer Noche/ Crossing Night touches on the fragility and finitude of human experience, and how our will to make is ultimately a will to be remembered. 

Participants artists:  
Tiago Borges, Steven Cohen, Marlene Dumas, Dumile Feni, Jared Ginsburg, David Goldblatt, Georgina Gratrix, Haroon Gunn Sallie, Dan Halter, Nicholas Hlobo, Jackson Hlungwani, Pieter Hugo, William Kentridge, David Koloane, Moshekwa Langa, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Ernest Mancoba, Sabelo Mlangeni, Santu Mofokeng, Samson Mudzunga, Zanele Muholi, Simphiwe Ndzube, Antonio Ole, Athi Patra-Ruga, Jo Ractliffe, Robin Rhode, Cinga Samson, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, Johannes Segogela, Penny Siopis, James Webb & Portia Zvavahera.

Centro Cultural Santo Domingo
Centro Cultural y Académico San Pablo
Centro Fotografico Alvarez Bravo
Centro de las Artes San Agustín, Etla
Museo de Arte Prehispánico Rufino Tamayo
lnstituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (IAGO)


Francisco Berzunza

Curatorial advisors:
Josh Ginsburg
Anthea Buys

Anthea Buys

Exhibition and communication design:
Piet Pienaar

Idris Naim Foundation
National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico

The Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation (Mexico)
The Friends of IAGO and CFMAB Association (Mexico)
Ministry of Arts & Cultures of the State of Oaxaca (Mexico)
A4 Arts Foundation


︎ Idris Naim