Posts tagged zanele muholi.

LiTer I - IV, 2012 | MO(U)RNING Exhibit
Zanele Muholi

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 5 + 2AP 

MO(U)RNING, a solo exhibition by visual activist and photographer Zanele Muholi.

For Muholi, MO(U)RNING evokes death but also suggests the cycle of life as morning follows night. Life and death, love and hate are some of the antitheses that appear throughout her work.

In April this year, Muholi’s Cape Town apartment was burgled in what was apparently an attack directed at her visual activism. The lost material was an extensive archive of photographic work, videos and texts documenting hate crimes in South Africa and gender issues in Africa. Among this material was the Queercide project, created by Muholi to denounce and record hate crimes and atrocities committed against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

The loss of this material raised many questions for Muholi. What happen when such images disappear or when a collection of testimonies is erased?

In MO(U)RNING, Muholi presents elements of her documentation that were not lost, together with new work realised in recent months. The exhibition will include new and recent photographs from her Faces and Phases series of portraits and her Being series. Her multiple award-winning documentary Difficult Love, currently on view at Documenta 13 together with Faces and Phases, will be screened for the first time at the gallery. Photographs of crime scenes and new video works will also form part of the exhibition.

Her work gives public life to a community, its joys, traumas, fights and daily existence. She uses the power of visual material, offered by photographs and film, to affirm existing realities and expose truths and the cruel aspects of 21st century South African society where loving can be dangerous.


Zanele Muholi | Interview 

Artist and activist Zanele Muholi discusses her documentary Difficult Love (2011) and her aim to disrupt the victimising discourse around black lesbians in South Africa. While she affirms the continued importance of speaking about hate crime and ‘corrective/curative’ rape, her film gestures towards a more capacious conversation, one that makes it possible to apprehend ’black lesbians and their families, black lesbians and their children, black lesbians and education, black lesbians taking over the movement … using the art as their means.’

Difficult Love is a magnificent film. Watch it here.

2 years ago on 07/06/12 at 11:21pm
via derica



{please please consider donating or at least spreading the word about this. anybody who is a queer person of color understands how vital this person’s work is to the visibility of qpocs and especially qpocs of african descent} 

Laura Reynolds

Tue, 15 May 2012 10:52:52 GMT

An award winning photographer who has devoted her working life to documenting the lives of black lesbians has had five years worth of her work stolen.

 Zanele Muholi, described by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa as “one of the country’s foremost artists”, had more than 20 external hard drives stolen from her flat in Vredehoek, Cape Town on April 20.

The hard drives contain stills and video footage, including photos from the funerals of victims of homophobic hate crimes. It is thought that the burglars were targeting Muholi’s work, as little else was taken from her flat, and back up hard drives were also taken.

Muholi’s partner Liesl Theron, with whom she shares the flat, said that her possessions were left untouched, except for a laptop which was stolen, further fuelling belief that Muholi was the intended target of the crime.

The work taken had been captured across South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Malawi, according to the Cape Times. Also stolen was work due to be shown at an exhibition in July, which Muholi believes she will now have to cancel.

Despite the volume of work stolen and the imminence of the planned exhibition, Muholi’s plight has been largely ignored by the media. It is believed that the lack of publicity is due to the nature of her work, which shows a different side to the black lesbian community than that usually represented in the mainstream media.

“I’m not myself. I can’t even sleep at night since I’ve heard about the burglary,” the devastated Muholi told DIVA. She has appealed for anyone who knows the whereabouts of the hard drives to return them.

Queer photographer Del LaGrace Volcano said of the theft; “Zanele’s work is, in my not so humble opinion, some of the most important work being produced, not just in Africa, but anywhere. I consider her a dear friend and mourn the loss of her archive as if it were my own.”

Zanele’s supporters are fundraising to help her replace the stolen equipment. Donations can be made online atIndieGoGo.

The investigation into the burglary is ongoing, according to a police spokesperson.

Closer to my heart I - V (2005) | Only half the picture
Zanele Muholi 

Lambda print
600 x 800mm
edition of 8 + 2AP

Luwam I-IV, Toronto (2008) | Indawo Yami Exhibit 
Zanele Muholi

Silver Gelatin Print
Edition of 8 + 2AP

Indawo Yami, which means ‘my place’ or ‘my space’, continues to explore the implications of being black and queer through a range of different series and strategies. Being, a continuation of ongoing work, focuses on a quiet and tender celebration of love within the homosexual community, whether between mothers and sons, between lovers or between friends. In Beulahs Muholi uses Zulu beads and contemporary fashion accessories in presenting portraits of gay men that subvert common images of virginal beauty. In three new series she adds a performative element by casting herself in different roles, such as that of the beauty queen in Miss Lesbian. Muholi writes:

Indawo Yami is where I work, where I share an environment with others, where I act on the issues marking our lives through visual documentation. My focus is mainly on being queer (LGBTI) in South Africa and beyond. This is the realm in which I deal with my identity, as a citizen of my country and of the world.

Odidiva II
District 6, Cape Town, Jan. 2010
Zanele Muholi

Image size: 76.5 x 50.5cm
Paper size: 86.5 x 60.5cm
Silver Gelatin Print
Edition of 8 + 2AP

Not butch, but my legs are
Zanele Muholi (c) 2005 

Silver gelatin print
415 x 600mm
Edition of 8 + 2AP