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Zanele Muholi nasce nel 1972 a Durban, Sud Africa, e attualmente vive a Johannesburg. Prima di intraprendere la carriera fotografica incentrata sul tema della sessualità e dei generi in Africa, ha lavorato insieme ai membri della sua comunità come attivista lesbica in favore dei diritti umani, sollevando l’attenzione sui grandi problemi che le donne lesbiche nere sudafricane devono affrontare ogni giorno. Identificandosi come attivista visiva, lo sviluppo di Muholi come fotografa è profondamente intrecciato con la sua difesa a favore della comunità lesbica, gay, bisessuale, transgender e intersessuale (LGBTI) in Sud Africa e oltre. I ritratti delicati di Muholi sfidano lo stigma che circonda gay e lesbiche in Sud Africa, per sfatare la comune retorica che l’omosessualità è “in-africana” e affrontare i crimini d’odio contro gli omosessuali nel suo paese natale. Dopo che Zanele ha cofondato il Forum per l'empowerment delle donne (FEW) nel 2002, si è iscritta al programma avanzato in fotografia presso il Market Photo Workshop di Newtown, in Sudafrica, fondato dal fotografo David Goldblatt nel 1989. Nel 2009 Muholi ha conseguito il suo MAE nei media documentari della Ryerson University di Toronto. Mostre personali hanno avuto luogo presso istituzioni come il Spelman College Museum of Fine Art di Atlanta (2018); New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2018); Museo di Arte moderna di Buenos Aires (2018); Fototgrafiska, Stoccolma (2018); LUMA Westbau, Zurigo (2018); la Durban Art Gallery (un'esposizione d'indagine concettualizzata come un ritorno a casa, 2017); Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg (2017); Glasgow School of Art (2017); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); Autograph ABP, London (2017); Maitland Institute, Cape Town (2017) e in molti altri musei.

Zanele Muholi born in 1972 in Durban, South Africa, and actually he lives in Johannesburg. Self-identifying as a visual activist, Muholi’s development as a photographer is deeply intertwined with her advocacy on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community in South Africa and beyond. Muholi’s sensitive portraits challenge the stigma surrounding gays and lesbians in South Africa, debunk the common rhetoric that homosexuality is un-African, and address the preponderance of hate crimes against homosexuals in her native country. After Muholi cofounded the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002, she enrolled in the Advanced Programme in Photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, South Africa, founded by the photographer David Goldblatt in 1989. In 2009 Muholi earned her MFA in documentary media from Ryerson University in Toronto. Solo exhibitions have taken place at institutions including the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta (2018); New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2018); Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (2018); Fototgrafiska, Stockholm (2018); LUMA Westbau, Zürich (2018); the Durban Art Gallery (a survey exhibition conceptualised as a homecoming, 2017); Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg (2017); Glasgow School of Art (2017); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); Autograph ABP, London (2017); Maitland Institute, Cape Town (2017) and many other museums.





Zanele Muholi, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York City, USA

Zanele Muholi, Stevenson - Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Zanele Muholi, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Zanele Muholi, Stevenson, Johannesburg


Somnyama Ngonyama, Stevenson, Johannesburg

Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York City, NY

Zanele Muholi: Vukani/rise, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NY


Zanele Muholi: Faces And Phases, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, ON

Zanele Muholi - Of Love & Loss, Stevenson, Johannesburg

Zanele Muholi, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

Zanele Muholi - Faces & Phases And Beulahs, Wentrup, Berlin


ContemporaryVisual ARTIvist, Palermo Pride - Palazzo Ziino, Italy

Mo(u)rning, Walker Street gallery, Melbourne


Faces and Phases, Oldenburg, Germany; Goethe Institut, Johannesburg

Visual ARTivist, Some Prefer Cake - Bologna Lesbian Film Festival;

Florence Queer Film Festival, Italy

Mo(u)rning, Stevenson, Cape Town

Foot for Love, Espace Canopy, Paris


Fragments of a New History, Casa Africa, Las Palmas

Inkanyiso, Stevenson, Johannesburg

What don't you see when you look at me?, Extraspazio, Rome


Indawo Yami, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

Faces and Phases, Fred, London


Faces and Phases, Brodie/Stevenson, Johannesburg

Like a Virgin (two-person exhibition), CCA Lagos, Nigeria


Manje, Le Case d'Arte, Milan


Being, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town


Vienna Kunsthalle project space, Vienna

Only half the picture, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

Only half the picture, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg

Only half the picture, Galerie 32-34, Amsterdam

SoWhereTo Now, Afrovibes and Galeries 32-34, Amsterdam


Visual Sexuality, as part of Urban Life (Market Photo Workshop exhibition),

Johannesburg Art Gallery




Lignes de vies - une exposition de légendes, Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne MAC, Vitry sur Seine, France

Sometimes / disappear, Ingleby Gallery, Endinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Bdelost, Boh, Pycha: Jej orami, Slovak Union of Visual Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia


Camera Austria International Labor für Fotografie und Theorie, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

Making Africa: A Continent Of Contemporary Design, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, USA

Echoes: Identity and Politics in Contemporary Collage, Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago, IL, USA

People Get Ready, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, USA

Structures of Identity - Photography from The Walther Collection, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Queering The Gaze, alpha nova-kulturwerkstatt, Berlin, Germany

Talisman in the Age of Difference, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Not A Single Story, NIROXprojects - Nirox Foundation, Krugersdorp, South Africa

Virginia Woolf: An exhibition inspired by her writings, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Je est un.e autre, FRAC Poitou-Charentes - Angoulême, Angoulême, France


12th Lianzhou International Photo Festival 2017, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China

Bending the Frame, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway

Making Africa: A Continent Of Contemporary Design, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA

All Things Being Equal..., Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa

You & I, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa

Das Gesicht. Eine Spurensuche, Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany

Over The Rainbow, Galerie Praz-Delavallade - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

Art / Africa, Le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

Outcasts: Women in the Wilderness, Wave Hill, New York City, USA

When The Heavens Meet The Earth, The Heong Gallery, Cambridge, United Kingdom


The Quiet Violence Of Dreams - Stevenson, Johannesburg

What We Have Overlooked - Framer Framed, Amsterdam

Homosexualität_en - Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster (LWL), Münster

Sex - Stevenson, Johannesburg

Love You Sugar Kane - Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean (ICAIO), Port Louis

Second-Hand Reading: William Kentridge and Zanele Muholi - Amherst College, Amherst, MA

African Art Against the State - Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

tête-à-tête - Aperture Gallery, New York City, NY


Making Africa - Un Continente De Diseño Contemporáneo - Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao

After Eden - Photography from The Walther Collection - La Maison Rouge, Paris

Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection - Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC

Material Matters: New Art from Africa - Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean (ICAIO), Port Louis

Álbum de Família - Centro de Artes Helio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

I See Rainbows - Kunstplass, Oslo

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015 - Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt/Main

Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY

8. Bremer Kunstfrühling - Notausgang am Horizont - Gleishalle am Güterbahnhof, Bremen

Deutsche Börse 2015 - The Photographers' Gallery, London

Residual: Traces Of The Black Body - New Art Exchange, Nottingham


Undress Your Mind - Wellcome Collection, London

Symétrie Exotique - les Abattoirs - FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse

South: Contemporary Art from Australia, Mexico and South Africa - Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea, NSW

WHERE WE'RE AT! Other voices on gender - BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels

Bremer Kunstfrühling 2014 - Gleishalle am Güterbahnhof, Bremen

Contemporary Art/South Africa - Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Precarious Imaging - Raw Material Company, Dakar

Apartheid & After - Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam

Sound Vision - Duke University, Durham, NC

Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Queer and Trans Art-iculation - Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg


The Loom of the Land, Stevenson, Johannesburg


Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive Part II: Contemporary Reconfigurations,

Walther Collection Project Space, New York

Position As Desired, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax

Love and Africa, Menil Collection, Houston

Transitions - Social Landscape Project, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg

The Progress of Love, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

Time, Place and the Camera: Photographs at Work, Kosova Art Gallery, Prishtina,

Republic of Kosovo

A Necessary Theatre, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg

Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany

Discovery Award 2012 exhibition, Les Rencontres d'Arles< France

The Next Generation, Pulchri Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands

Trans_forming politics/Politicizing Trans, Galerie Funke, Berlin

tête-à-tête, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

Africa: See You, See Me, Nike Art Gallery, Lagos; The National Museum, Lagos

Face of Our Time: Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz,

Richard Misrach, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

Mine - A selection of films by SA artists, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Dubai


What we talk about when we talk about love, Stevenson, Cape Town

Photography I: Snapshots of a Generation, Wentrup, Berlin

Face of Our Time: Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, Richard Misrach, San Francisco Museum

of Modern Art, San Francisco

Lesbians Seeing Lesbians, Leslie/Lohman Gallery, New York

Appropriated Landscapes, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Germany

Look 11 Photography Festival, Liverpool

Lens: Fractions of Contemporary Photography and Video in South Africa,

Stellenbosch University Art Museum, Stellenbosch

Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African photography, V&A Museum, London

Reflections on the Self: Five African Women Photographers, Royal Festival Hall, London;

Norwich University College of the Arts Gallery, Norwich; and other venues in the UK

Africa: See You, See Me, Fondazione Studio Maragoni, Florence; Officine Fotografiche, Rome

20 Years Thami Mnyele Foundation, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam, Netherlands 7 miradas africanas sobre espana, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid

Mine - A selection of films by SA artists, Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, Germany


Summer 2010/11, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

PEEKABOO - Current South Africa, Tennis Palace Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Africa: See Me, See You, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon

Uprooting the Gaze: Foreign places familiar patterns, Fringe exhibition, Brighton Photo Biennial, UK

Position as Desired - Exploring African Canadian Identity: Photographs from the Wedge Collection,

ROM, Toronto

Afrovibes festival, Amsterdam

Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen,

Southern Germany

This is Our Time, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

After A, Photo Notes on South Africa, Atri Reportage Festival, Italy

...for those who live in it: Pop culture, politics and strong voices, MU Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Halakasha!, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg

Mosaïque de photos, Chartres, France

Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales

1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

I am not afraid: The Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, Johannesburg Art Gallery

Swallow My Pride, Blank Projects, Cape Town

In Between, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA


A Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, UK

Domestic, GoetheonMain, Johannesburg

Innovative Women, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

Undercover: Performing and transforming black female identities,

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Rebelle: Kunst & Feminisme 1969-2009, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, The Netherlands

Museion Collection: Presentation of the new acquisitions,

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bolzano, Italy

Gender, (Trans) Gender and (De) Gendered, a special project of the Havana Biennale, Cuba

I bought me a cat, MiCamera, Milan

Les Rencontres de Bamako Biennial of African Photography, Mali


Summer 2008/9: Projects, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

Make Art/Stop AIDS, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles

Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body, Hood Museum,

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and other venues in the US

.za: giovane arte dal Sudafrica, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena

Perfect Lovers, ArtExtra, Johannesburg

Body Work, Le Case d'Arte, Milan


Summer 2007/8, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

The Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, Camera Austria, Kunsthaus Graz

Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa 2007: Reality check,

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and other venues, Germany

Cape '07, Lookout Hill, Khayelitha, Cape Town


Olvida Quien Soy - Erase me from who I am, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno,

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary IslandsSouth African Art Now, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

Second to None, South African National Gallery, Cape Town


South African art 1848 - now, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

A Lesson from History, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn

Subject to Change, South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Month of Photography, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

Erotic Blenders, Toronto, Canada


Young Vision 2004, Alliance Française, Johannesburg

Sex en Kultuur festival, Cape Town

Pride Week, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

Gender & Visuality Conference, University of the Western Cape

Women Arts Festival: Is Everybody Comfortable? (Market Photo Workshop exhibition),

Museum Africa, Johannesburg

Urban Life (Market Photo Workshop exhibition), Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg


Women Arts Festival: What Makes A Woman?, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg

Pride Women Arts Festival, Johannesburg

Women Arts Festival, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg


Women Arts Festival, Pink Loerie Festival, Knysna




Residency at Civitella Ranieri, Italy

Shortlisted for the Discovery Award, Les Rencontres d'Arles


Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Jean-Paul Blachère award, Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography

Casa Africa award for best female photographer,

Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography

Fanny Ann Eddy accolade by the International Resource Network in Africa (IRN-Africa)

LGBTI Art & Culture Award


BHP Billiton/ Wits University Visual Arts Fellowship


Tollman Award

LGBTI Art & Culture Award



D.BRODIE, "Zanele Muholi. Faces and Phases", Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento


G.NGCOBO, "Zanele Muholi. Only half the picture", Cape Town





Artists from the rainbow nation

29.04 - 03.06.2009
Opening 29.04.2009 - 10.00



Zanele Muholi
Being Faces and phases

18.07 - 30.09.2008
Opening 18.07.2008 - 18.30



Zanele Muholi

Being/Faces and Phases 2008