South African visual activist Zanele Muholi. Muholi will be the subject of an exhibition at Tate Modern in London this year. The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, Gropius Bau in Berlin and Bildmuseet at Umeå University.
Exploring love, intimacy and trauma, Muholi’s photographs depict stories of black LGBTQI+ people living in South Africa. 260 photographs will be brought together to present the full breadth of Muholi’s career to date, from their very first body of work Only Half the Picture, to their on-going series Somnyama Ngonyama. In the early series Only Half the Picture Muholi aimed at depicting the complexities of gender and sexuality for the individuals of the queer community.
More recently, Muholi has begun a series of dramatic self-portraits entitled Somnyama Ngonyama (‘Hail the Dark Lioness’ in Zulu). Turning the camera on themselves, the artist adopts different poses, characters and archetypes to address issues of race and representation. An on-going investigation on gender, personality and sadness.