Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi


Zanele Muholi is shortlisted for the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, for her publication Faces and Phases (Steidl/The Walther Collection), and her exhibition Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence opened at Brooklyn Museum on 1 May, and runs until November 2015. Muholi is also included in Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, New York, from 5 June - 9 September 2015, and her work is currently featured in the Wellcome Collection's exhibition, The Institute of Sexology, in London (until September 2015), and in Paris the Pompidou Centre's recent acquisition of her work is on display within their permament collection exhibition (until September 2015). Her solo exhibition The Art of Activism, showed at Akershus Kunstsenter, Norway, from 21 February to 29 March 2015.

At New Art Exchange, UK, Muholi participated in Residual: traces of the black body, which ran from 13 March to 7 April 2015. On 24 March Muholi launched her publication Faces and Phases 2006-14, at the Centre for African Studies Gallery, University of Cape Town, and she will participate in The Lesbian Spring festival, Toulouse, France. Muholi also participated in Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship, a group show at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in February 2015.

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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 Ryerson Alumni Achievement Award (2015); 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 is 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.