23 FEBRUARY - 7 MARCH 2021
Meaning “to show, produce or reveal” in isiZulu — one of South Africa’s 11 national languages — the first edition of VEZA was a hybrid of a live selling event powered by auction technology on 23 February 2021 and a peer-led Online Viewing Room (OVR) that was open to the public from 24 February to 7 March 2021. VEZA featured 50+ galleries from more than 40 cities spread across 30 countries and 5 continents, coming together in their dedication to art of the Global South. SOUTH SOUTH recognises the crucial role played by independent and nonprofit spaces. Proceeds from the auction were donated to 3 charity partners — RAW Material Company (Dakar), Green Papaya Art Projects (Manila) and Casa do Povo (São Paulo), selected for their operations supporting artistic production in the Global South. The gallery presentations were accompanied by dedicated curated programmes by esteemed curators Elvira Dyangani Ose, Rodrigo Moura, Paula Nascimento and Suzana Sousa.