Book: Faces and Phases (2006-14) by Zanele Muholi

A New Fine Art Photography Book:

Faces and Phases (2006-14)

by Zanele Muholi
368 Pages
Hardback
17 x 24 cm
English
ISBN 978-3-86930-807-4
1. Edition 09/2014

Shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015

In Faces and Phases 2006–14, Zanele Muholi embarks on a journey of “visual activism” to ensure black queer and transgender visibility. Despite South Africa’s progressive Constitution and twenty years of democracy, black lesbians and transgender men remain the targets of brutal hate crimes and so-called corrective rapes. Taken over the past eight years, the more than 250 portraits in this book, accompanied by moving testimonies, present a compelling statement about the lives and struggles of these individuals. They also comprise an unprecedented and invaluable archive: marking, mapping and preserving an often invisible community for posterity.

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.

PROGRAMME OPENING WEEKEND
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

Zanele Muholi Book Launch and Signing

Excerpt from Leslie-Lohman Museum Recommends – November 2014

ZANELE MUHOLI “FACES AND PHASES: 2006-14″

BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING

November 19, 6:30-8pm
The Walther Collection Project Space
526 West 26th Street, Suite 718, New York
RSVP essential: invitation@walthercollection.com

In Faces and Phases: 2006-14, Zanele Muholi embarks on a journey of visual activism to ensure black queer and transgender visibility. Despite South Africa’s progressive constitution and twenty years of democracy, black lesbians and transgender men remain the targets of brutal hate crimes and so-called corrective rapes. Taken over the past eight years, the more than 250 portraits in this book present a compelling statement about the lives and struggles of these individuals. They also comprise an unprecedented and invaluable archive: marking, mapping, and preserving an often-invisible community for posterity.

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Collaboration, Art, Social Change

Zanele Muholi speaking at The O.P.E. N
Visual activist Zanele Muholi gave a talk at The O.P.E.N in Singapore

Zanele Muholi visual artist
Zanele Muholi (with a mic) at the opening in Singapore

O.P.E.N. / Singapore International Festival of Arts 2014 (June 26 – July 12): Zanele Muholi attended the opening on June 26 and gave the talk: Collaboration, Art, Social Change (photos above). Her art project fo(u)nd with Faces and Phases is exhibitied at The O.P.E.N. The press release about her exihibition reads, “…Muholi captures the confidence, fearlessness and defiance of her subjects in a captivating visual history post-apartheid, while confronting stereotypes associated with gender and sexuality.”

Visual activist Zanele Muholi has also a solo show, Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada June 18 – August 24.

Zanele Muholi’s Faces and Phases aims to address the representation of black lesbian and queer identity, focusing largely on post-apartheid South Africa. This ongoing series of large-format black and white photographs includes more than 240 portraits, of which 36 are exhibited in Toronto, Canada, to coincide with the celebration of WorldPride 2014.

Berlin: FINISSAGE of the Exhibition Zanele Muholi. Photography

June 29, 2014, 7pm at
Schwules Museum*
Lützowstraße 73
10785 Berlin, Germany

Event with director and actress Mojisola Adebayo. Zanele Muholi is also scheduled to attend. Film excerpts from the thematic drama “I Stand Corrected” on hate rape will be shown, followed by a discussion with Mojisola Adebayo and Zanele Muholi.

Current and Upcoming Group Exhibitions Featuring Works by Zanele Muholi

Where We’re At!: Other Voices on Gender at Bozar/Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels – part of the ‘summer of photography’ June 17 – August 31; Contemporary Art/South Africa at Yale University Art Gallery May 9 – September 14; Precarious Imaging at Raw Material Company, Dakar – initially until 18 July, but closed early due to homophobic vandalism(!); Worldwide Africa: Fashioning Personhood at Minneapolis Institute of Arts runs through August 3; and Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive at the Walther Collection in Ulm, Germany, runs through 2015.

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Zanele Muholi is represented by the Stevenson art gallery in South Africa