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Zanele Muholi

 

Tate Modern

Bankside, Holland Street, London, SE1 9TG

Transport: Tube: Southwark/Mansion House

Website: www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

Times: From Nov 5, Mon-Thu, Sun 10am-6pm, last adm 5.15pm, Fri & Sat 10am-10pm, last adm 9.15pm, ends Mar 7

Price: £13, concs £12, ages 12-18 £5, adv booking recommended, adv booking at www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern for timed slots

Start Date: Thu 5th November 2020

End Date: Sun 7th March 2021


Photographs which document and celebrate the lives of South Africa's black lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex communities.

More than 260 photographs which document and celebrate the lives of South Africa's black lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex communities, including the ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama or Hail The Dark Lioness.

Zanele Muholi is one of the most acclaimed photographers working today, and their work has been exhibited all over the world. With over 260 photographs, this exhibition presents the full breadth of their career to date. Muholi describes themself as a visual activist. From the early 2000s, they have documented and celebrated the lives of South Africa's black lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex communities. In the early series Only Half the Picture, Muholi captures moments of love and intimacy as well as intense images alluding to traumatic events - despite the equality promised by South Africa's 1996 constitution, its LGBTQIA+ community remains a target for violence and prejudice. In Faces and Phases each participant looks directly at the camera, challenging the viewer to hold their gaze. These images and the accompanying testimonies form a growing archive of a community of people who are risking their lives by living authentically in the face of oppression and discrimination. Other key series of works, include Brave Beauties, which celebrates empowered non-binary people and trans women, many of whom have won Miss Gay Beauty pageants, and Being, a series of tender images of couples which challenge stereotypes and taboos. Muholi turns the camera on themself in the ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama - translated as 'Hail the Dark Lioness'. These powerful and reflective images explore themes including labour, racism, Eurocentrism and sexual politics.