It will be the first time that Muholi has hosted a solo exhibition in Kwa-Zulu Natal. She is set to stage the biggest exhibition in her home city showing for the first time in the history of her career. The exhibition will feature five different bodies of work namely Faces and Phases; Somnyama Ngonyama; Love and Loss; Mourning and Brave Beauties – cumulatively telling different stories. The exhibition will occupy a large portion of the entire gallery space situated within the Durban City Hall.
Muholi is a visual activist. She was born in 1972 in Umlazi, Durban, and currently lives in Johannesburg. She co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002, and in 2009 founded Inkanyiso, a forum for queer and visual / activist media. 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’. She continues to train and co-facilitates photography workshops for young women in the townships.
“I don’t want to always present tragedy from South Africa. I want to show things that are joyous, that makes a person who might have thought of the jungle think of something else.” Muholi told Vogue Magazine in a recent interview about the diversity of her work.
The exhibition presents evolutions in the artist’s ongoing photographic projects, affirming Muholi’s commitment to activism through visual history. It adds interactive and educational elements, as well as an activism wall that shares experiences from the lives of the Brave Beauties – trans-women and gender non-binary individuals.
This exhibition invites the public to engage with the alternating brutality and joy faced by the black LGBT community in South Africa.
Members of the media are invited to attend the official opening of the exhibition taking place as follows:
Date: 01 December 2017
Venue: Durban Art Gallery
As a companion to the exhibition, there will be various events: Lectures of Magesh on Saturday 2 December from noon until 2pm, at the Beer Hall in Rivertown. It is intended to commemorate the lives of the fallen heroes of the LGBT community and celebrating the rewriting of the LGBT visual history.
On Monday 4 December, Prof Zanele Muholi and Prof Hlonipha Mokoena will lead a discussion in the Durban Art Gallery from noon until 2pm reflecting on how we can emphasise the activism element within the 16 days campaign.
Muholi will be leading two walkabouts: the first on Tuesday 5 December at 11am and a second one will be scheduled on Wednesday 6 December at 11am, depending on demand.