Edson Chagas and Zanele Muholi form part of African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other, the central exhibition at Houston's FotoFest Biennial 2020. Curated by Mark Sealy MBE, the presentation features over 30 artists from across the continent and its diaspora, 'examining the complex relationships between contemporary life in Africa, the African diaspora, and global histories of colonialism'.
Edson Chagas, Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Moshekwa Langa, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Penny Siopis, Guy Tillim feature in Crossing Night: Regional Identities X Global Context at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, a new iteration of the exhibition first shown in Oaxaca, Mexico. The exhibition 'addresses the concerns, thoughts, and desires of contemporary artists from the Southern African region as they grapple with the legacy of post-colonial structures'.
Edson Chagas, Steven Cohen, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Pieter Hugo and Barthélémy Toguo are included in IncarNations: African Art as Philosophy, initiated by Kendell Geers in dialogue with collector Sindika Dokolo. Held at BOZAR Centre for Arts, the show looks at work from the region as 'a living philosophical practice'.
Edson Chagas takes part in Sixth Nature, a group exhibition forming part of the Porto Photography Biennial, curated by Diego Bento. The show 'focuses on different perspectives and sensibilities about ecology, the way we relate to nature and the environment around us'.
Edson Chagas features in Mask – The Art of Transformation at Kunstmuseum Bonn. This exhibition of modern and contemporary work turns its attention to the masked individual as well as to the performative act of the individual wearing a mask within a social and political context.
Edson Chagas and Zanele Muholi exhibit in From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This group exhibition presents a comparison of Picasso’s works with those of non-Western artists 'to put into question a history of aesthetic appropriations and re-appropriations in contemporary art'.
Edson Chagas, Meschac Gaba, Jo Ractliffe, Viviane Sassen and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in More for Less at A4. Curated by Josh Ginsburg, the exhibition is focused on 'works and practices that fluidly seek to engage entropy and efficiency, waste, residue and offcuts, transactions, propositions, and serious play'.
Edson Chagas, Simon Gush and Mame-Diarra Niang feature in Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories a group exhibition presented by The Walther collection at the 11th Rencontres de Bamako. This show 'acknowledges the complexities and differing conceptions that can resound through each urban space, personal memory, or social community'.
Edson Chagas, Simon Gush and Zanele Muholi feature in a group show titled Madgermanes / Mystery Of Foreign Affairs. Spread across various locations, the exhibition 'searches for a collective cultural and political history that questions the motifs of home and hope, identity and affiliation, and focuses on the deconstruction of hegemonic concepts.'
Work from Edson Chagas' OIKONOMOS series feature in chin(A)frica: an interface, a group exhibition seeking to investigate 'new parameters in which identity and geopolitics are formulated through recent expansive exchanges between China and African countries over the past decade'.
Nandipha Mntambo, Edson Chagas, Zanele Muholi, Nicholas Hlobo and Penny Siopis are among the artists whose work is included in the inaugural exhibitions at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Edson Chagas, Simon Gush and Mame-Diarra Niang are included in Recent Histories - New African Photography at the Walther Collection. Featuring 14 contemporary artists of African descent, born in the early 1970s and onwards, the exhibition investigates social identity, questions of belonging and an array of sociopolitical concerns.
Edson Chagas had a solo exhibition of his Found Not Taken series, featuring images of discarded objects taken as he walked the streets of Luanda, London and Newport, at the Kunst Haus Wien. The show was curated by Sophie Haslinger.