Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context

Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Jova Lynne, and Josh Ginsburg 
October 25 2019 – January 5 2020

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A group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Crossing Night is an exhibition series organised by A4 with partner institutions elsewhere in the world. The project focuses on artistic practices from the Southern African region.

This second iteration of the project, subtitled Regional Identities x Global Context, is produced in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and will highlight states of flux and liminality in urban landscapes in Southern Africa.

With an emphasis on transition and transformation the exhibition explores how local politics, urban landscape, and place shape the personal identities that define regional culture. In addition, the exhibition queries the efficacy of regionality itself in the context of the hyper-networked digital contemporary.

MOCAD and A4 Arts Foundation are proud to partner with Wedge Collection as a contributor to Crossing Night: Regional Identities X Global Context. Based in Toronto, Wedge collection is one of Canada's largest privately owned contemporary art collections focusing on exploring African diasporic culture and contemporary Black life.

The first iteration of Crossing Night, curated by Francisco Berzunza in Oaxaca, Mexico, investigated societal relationships between death practices in Southern Africa and Mexico to unearth historical preoccupations in the two postcolonial regions.

Jody Brand, Edson Chagas, Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Calvin Dondo, Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Binelde Hyrcan, Samson Kambalu, William Kentridge, Lebohang Kganye, Moshekwa Langa, Sabelo Mlangeni, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Musa N. Nxumalo, Robin Rhode, Athi-Patra Ruga, Penny Siopis, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy Tillim, and Kyle Weeks


Larry Ossei-Mensah
Jova Lynne
Josh Ginsburg

Exhibition production:
Zeb Smith
Zach Viljoen

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
A. Alfred Taubman Foundation

Breann White
Clare Gatto