Zanele  Muholi

Zanele Muholi

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Born in 1972

Lives & works in Johannesburg, , South Africa

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63 single expositions

Rees Visionary Award, Amref Health Africa, New York, USA - 2018

Honorary Fellowship, Royal Photographic Society, London, UK - 2018

Mbokodo Award – Visual Art - 2017

Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres - 2017

International Center for Photography Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism - 2016

Fine Prize - Emerging artist, Carnegie International - 2013

Private Collections : Artur Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany;

Public Collections : Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Fondation Blachère, Apt, France; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

Collected by museums and foundations : The Walther Foundation / MoMA - Museum of Modern Art / Zeitz - Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA)Boston Museum of Fine Arts, USA; Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA; Guggenheim, New York, USA


Presentation of the artist

Muholi is a visual activist and photographer born in Umlazi, Durban, and living in Johannesburg. Muholi’s self-proclaimed mission is ‘to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond’.

Muholi co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002, and in 2009 founded Inkanyiso, a forum for queer and visual (activist) media. They continue to train and co-facilitate photography workshops for young women in the townships.

Muholi studied Advanced Photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg, and in 2009 completed an MFA: Documentary Media at Ryerson University, Toronto. In 2013 they became an Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts/Hochschule für Künste Bremen. 

Awards and accolades received include the Rees Visionary Award by Amref Health Africa (2019); a fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society, UK (2018); France’s Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2017); the Mbokodo Award in the category of Visual Arts (2017); ICP Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism (2016); Africa'Sout! Courage and Creativity Award (2016); Outstanding International Alumni Award from Ryerson University (2016); Fine Prize for an emerging artist at the 2013 Carnegie International; Prince Claus Award (2013); Index on Censorship - Freedom of Expression art award (2013); and Casa Africa award for best female photographer and Fondation Blachère award at Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography (2009).

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Nationality : South Africa

Photography Performances Contemporary Art

In connection with

Stevenson, Cape Town - South Africa

Aperture, Bordeaux - France


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1972

Born in Durban, South Africa

Solo exhibitions & presentations

2019

Faces and Phases 13, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2019

Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail, the Dark Lioness, Seattle Art Museum, Washington DC, USA

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2019

Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail, the Dark Lioness, Colby Museum of Art, Maine, USA

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2018

Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail, the Dark Lioness, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Georgia, USA

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2018

Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail, the Dark Lioness, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

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2018

Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail The Dark Lioness, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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2018

Zanele Muholi, LUMA Westbau, Zurich, Switzerland

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2017

Homecoming, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa

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2017

Faces and Phases 11, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2017

Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness, Reid Gallery at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

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2017

Zanele Muholi, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA

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2017

Zanele Muholi, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

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2017

Somnyama Ngonyama, Autograph, London, UK

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2016

Zinathi, Gallatin Galleries, New York University

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2016

Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases, North Carolina Museum of Art, USA

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Residencies

2019

Isabella Stewart Gardner, Boston, USA

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2016

Cassilhaus, North Carolina, USA

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2015

Light Work residency, Syracuse, USA

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2014

La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

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2012

Civitella Ranieri, Italy

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2009

Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA Thami Mnyele Residency, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2019

Mirrors – The Reflected Self, Museum Rietberg. Zürich, Switzerland

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2019

May You Live in Interesting Times, 58th Venice Biennale, Italy

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2019

Limise, Sakhile&Me Frankfurt, Germany

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2019

The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture, the Ryerson Image Center.

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2019

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now, Guggenheim, New York, USA

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2018

Post-conflict. Reframing a dialogue, GETXOPHOTO International Image Festival, Getxo, Basque country, Spain

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2018

Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases, The Charleston Trust, Bloomsbury, UK

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2018

A Sheet of Paper Can Become a Knife, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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2018

Les uns envers les autres, Galerie Wanted, Paris, France (Amnesty international)

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2018

Recent Histories / Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from The Walther Collection, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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2018

Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India

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2018

ReSignifications: The Black Mediterranean, Manifesta 12 Collateral Events, Palermo, Italy

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Events

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Publications & essays

2018

Book - Zanele Muholi Somnyama Ngonyama Aperture, 2018

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2014

Book - Zanele Muholi Faces and Phases 2006-14 Steidl and The Walther Collection, 2014

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2011

Book - Zanele Muholi African Women Photographers #1 Casa Africa and La Fábrica, 2011

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2010

Book - Zanele Muholi Faces and Phases Prestel, 2010

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2006

Book - Zanele Muholi Only Half the Picture Michael Stevenson/STE, 2006

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