Zanele Muholi at Akershus Kunstsenter, Norway

Zanele Muholi – The Art of Activism

February 21 – March 29
At Akershus Kunstcenter, Norway

Zanele Muholi is among the renowned South African artists. Through her art she fights the cause of the black lesbians, gays and transsexuals. She has previously been showed at the Venice Biennial in 2013, dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012, and Dak’Art in 2014.

Saturday February 21, 2015 at 1–5pm:

1.30pm: Official opening by Ambassador Queen Anne Zondo, South African Embassy, Oslo
2.30pm: Artist talk with Zanele Muholi and anthropologist and development advisor Kjersti Augland
4.00: Book signing and release of Muholi’s latest book ‘Faces and Phaces’

Read more about the exhibition Zanele Muholi – The Art of Activism.

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Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence at the Brooklyn Museum, USA, May 1 – November 1, 2015

Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence

Press release by Brooklyn Museum

Exhibition View: photos by Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi (South African, born 1972). Faces and Phases installed at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany, 2012. (Photo: © Anders Sune Berg)

Brooklyn Museum Presents Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence, Largest U.S. Museum Exhibition of the South African Photographer’s Work, May 1, 2015, through November 1, 2015.

Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence is the most comprehensive museum exhibition to date in the United States devoted to the critically acclaimed South African artist and activist Zanele Muholi. Through her work in photography, video, and installation, Muholi has dedicated herself to creating visibility for the black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities of South Africa.

This presentation, which includes eighty-seven pieces created between 2007 and 2014, features the renowned Faces and Phases series, an ongoing portrait project that documents the breadth of identities contained within this community. It also presents Muholi’s video Being Scene, which focuses on intimacy and daily life within her circle. Also featured is the Weddings series, which captures in photographs and video the joyful same-sex unions of her friends.

Born in 1972 in Durban, South Africa, the youngest of five children, Muholi is a tireless community organizer as well as a respected artist committed to sharing the voices of the South African LGBTI community with the wider world. In the Faces and Phases series, in particular, she uses firsthand accounts to speak to the experience of living in a country that constitutionally protects the rights of LGBTI people but often fails to defend them from targeted violence. Muholi is the recipient of several important international awards, including the 2013 Carnegie International Fine Prize.

Zanele Muholi studied at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg in 2003 and held her first solo exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2004. In 2009, she was awarded her Master of Fine Arts degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, where her thesis mapped the visual history of black lesbian identity and politics in post-apartheid South Africa. She began her career as a photographer for an online magazine covering LGBTI issues in Africa. She has researched and documented the stories of hate crimes against the gay community since 2002.

Muholi launched her visual activism with her first solo exhibition, Visual Sexuality: Only Half the Picture, at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2004. Since then she has exhibited in Nigeria, Vienna, Cape Town, Milan, London, and Amsterdam and has been included in group exhibitions in Toronto, the Netherlands, Atlanta, England, São Paulo, Lagos, Rome, and various other locations. In 2009, she founded Inkanyiso, a nonprofit organization concerned with visual activism for and on behalf of the LGBTI community. In 2010, she co-directed the documentary Difficult Love, which has been shown around the world. She exhibited Faces and Phases at the Ryerson Image Center in 2014.

Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence is organized by Catherine J. Morris, Sackler Family Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, with Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum.

Exhibition support is provided by Tracey, Phillip, and Enoch Riese

‘Unveiled’ by Belle Ancell

Photo by Belle Ancell
Photo courtesy of Belle Ancell

‘Unveiled’ – a photo exhibit by Belle Ancell honouring the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for their 5 years of devotion to the Vancouver LGBTQ Community.

Tuesday, February 24th, 7-11pm.
The Junction
1138 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Belle Ancell: ‘Unveiled is a series of 10 portraits of the Sisters ‘in face’ and also without their facial makeup, or in ‘Boy Drag’ as they call it. I photographed them on an ethereal white background, as if they were walking through heaven’s door. I find the Sisters beautiful. The designs and vibrant colours they choose for their faces and the playful, sexy outfits they create themselves express their individuality. I am intrigued with how they express their masculine and feminine sides. They are masculine in appearance, but to me when they are ‘in face’, they transform into beautiful feminine Deities. Perhaps that is why I feel reverence in their presence.’

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Pioneering Photographer Claude Cahun

The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection
Tate St Ives: Exhibition
14 October 2014 – 10 May 2015

‘Pioneering artists from across Europe, the Americas and Japan will be shown at Tate St Ives for the first time in The Modern Lens. This will be the largest display of photographic works ever to be exhibited at the gallery.’ – Tate St Ives.

‘We sometimes think of abstraction and surrealism as opposing forces: the universal language of abstraction versus the personal language of surrealism, which was inspired by the unconscious. But this section of The Modern Lens suggests how these two currents sometimes converged in depictions of the landscape.

Claude Cahun in particular offers a really interesting point of connection in terms of landscape conflating abstraction and surrealism.’ – Tate.

Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore at Jersey  Museum

Jersey  Museum and Art Gallery: On display in the Art Gallery you will find the work of Claude Cahun, recognised worldwide as one of the leading artists of the Surrealist movement. Jersey Museum cares for one of the largest collections of Cahun’s work, which comprises photographs, original manuscripts, first editions, books and other personal material.  Find out more about Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore.