Prof. Sir Zanele Muholi
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’. Some of Muholi’s community work includes mentorship programmes and training and co-facilitating photography workshops for women in townships, and elsewhere and beyond.
In 2018 Muholi conceptualized and brought to life the Women's Mobile Museum in Philadelphia, USA, as well as and the Mobile School of Photography in Durban, SA. These projects represent an extension of Muholi's ongoing collaborative Photo Experience (Photo XP) training workshops, which dates back to 2004.
In 2003, Muholi studied Advanced Photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg. In 2009 they completed an MFA in Documentary Media at Ryerson University, Toronto. Muholi also has been awarded an Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts/Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Germany, and they have won numerous international awards including the prestigious the French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from France Embassy (2017); the ICP Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism (2016); Africa’ S Out! Courage and Creativity Award (2016); as well as the Outstanding International Alumni Award from Ryerson University (2016). They were; and was named the Prince Claus Foundation Laureate in 2013 and in 2018, an honorary fellow of the UK’s Royal Photographic Society (RPS).
Recent Exhibitions include:
Somnyama Ngonyama at Autograph ABP, London (2017;/8 international traveling until 2021show); Performa, NYC (2017);
Zanele Muholi: Homecoming, Durban Art Gallery (2017);
Faces and Phases 11 at Market Workshop, Johannesburg (2017);
Systematically Personae at the Foto Focus Biennal, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (2016). Their lifelong series
Faces and Phases series was shown at the South African Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy (2013) and at ;
DdOCUMENTA 13, Germany (2012).
Muholi’s monographic publications are:
Somnyama Ngonyama (Aperture, 2018);
Faces and Phases 2006-14 (Steidl/The Walther Collection, 2014);
Zanele Muholi: African Women Photographers #1 (Casa Africa and La Fábrica, 2011);
Faces and Phases (Prestel, 2010); and
Only half the Picture (Stevenson, 2006).
Exhibitions at the KZNSA
Mating Birds Vol.2
Main, Mezzanine and Media galleries