Zanele Muholi


Zanele Muholi.
Was born in 1972 in Durban, South Africa

Zanele Muholi was born in 1972 in Durban, South Africa, and she currently lives in Johannesburg. Self-identified 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. Her solo exhibitions took place in many institutions including the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta (2018); the New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2018); the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (2018); the Fototgrafiska, Stockholm (2018); the LUMA Westbau, Zürich (2018); the Durban Art Gallery (a survey exhibition conceptualised as a homecoming, 2017); the Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg (2017); the Glasgow School of Art (2017); the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); the Autograph ABP, London (2017); the Maitland Institute, Cape Town (2017) and many other museums.

Zanele Muholi

From Portrait to Selfie. The representation of the self from prehistoric times to today

Palazzo Assessorile, Trento

April 26 – August 29, 2021

Zanele Muholi

Implicit Tensions. Mapplethrope Now

Guggenheim New York

Until January 5, 2020

Zanele Muholi

Biennale Venezia

May 11 – November 24, 2019