Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi


Zanele Muholi is the 2016 recipient of the Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism. The award ceremony will take place on 11 April 2016 in New York. Muholi is also included in group exhibitions I Love You Sugar Kane at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Mauritius (15 March - 17 June 2016), Reality of My Surroundings at Nasher Museum of Art, North Carolina (1 October - 10 July 2016) and African Art Against the State at the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown (29 January - 28 August 2016).

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Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi, Durban, in 1972, and 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'. Muholi studied Advanced Photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg, and in 2009 completed an MFA: Documentary Media at Ryerson University, Toronto. She has won numerous awards including the Fine Prize for an emerging artist at the 2013 Carnegie International; a Prince Claus Award (2013); the Index on Censorship - Freedom of Expression art award (2013); and the Casa Africa award for best female photographer and a Fondation Blachère award at Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography (2009). Her Faces and Phases series has shown at, among others, Documenta 13; the South African Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale; and the 29th São Paulo Biennale. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her publication Faces and Phases: 2006-14 (Steidl/The Walther Collection). Muholi is an Honorary Professor of the University of the Arts, Bremen.