Persona: A Portal to the Selves Within

Brenton Sizwe Zola
July 2 - 31, 2022

Persona: A Portal to the Selves Within

Brenton Sizwe Zola

July 2nd – July 31st

Persona is an exhibit that explores the masks we wear and the selves we hide from the outside world. It is an invitation to put down your normal roles  and pick up the ones that we ignore. Or maybe the ones you’ve never even allowed yourself to imagine. The exhibit explores through photography and mixed media the identities and vulnerabilities that the subjects of the artwork have explored, accepted or grappled with in their lives. There will be a handful of interactive pieces as well as performance art activations throughout the month for audiences to explore the themes. Persona will culminate in an African storytelling experience led by the artist and guest musicians from Berlin.  Persona is a portal to welcome your true self. What will you find?


Brenton Sizwe Zola uses the power of story to cultivate humanity. He is a first-generation writer and multi-disciplinary artist. Informed by travel to over 70 nations, his creative work blends examines how we build ethical societies and looks to build bridges of community among strangers. His work has appeared in Newsweek, LA Times, INC, American Theater, PBS, Boulevard Magazine, Prism and on the airwaves NPR member-station WBUR Boston, among others. His professional journey started with living at a meditation and martial arts school in Asia, which led to work through social impact and the arts. Brenton has been an artist-in-residence at collectives worldwide and serves as a curator for multiple journals and fellowships. He believes truth can be found at the intersection of disciplines. He recently teamed up with the artist Von Wong at UN Environmental Assembly in Kenya to help raise $100,000+ for Africa’s biggest slum


Website & Social Media:


IG: @thezolab

FB: @thezolab

TikTok: @thezolab  


Public hours:

Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Opening Celebration July 7th, 6:00pm  – 9:00pm

The artist will be present on:

July 7th 3:00pm – 9:00pm, July 14th 12:00pm – 4:00pm

July 29th 12:00pm – 6:00pm + evening performance

July 30th 12:00pm – 6:00pm + evening performance

July 31st 12:00pm – 6:00pm + afternoon performance

Ticketed performances will take place at 6:00pm on July 29th and July 30th, and at 5:00pm on July 31st. Click here for tickets and details.


Understudy is free-to-visit and open to all. We are located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the Shantell Martin art bench.

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