ZANELE MUHOLI


FACES AND PHASES

Zanele Muholi shows 66 new portraits in this ongoing series which offers an insider's perspective on the lives of the black lesbians and transmen she has met on her journeys as an activist. Collectively, the portraits are at once a visual statement and an archive: marking, mapping and preserving an often invisible community for posterity. Muholi writes:

In the face of all the challenges our community encounters daily, I embarked on a journey of visual activism to ensure that there is black queer visibility. Faces and Phases is about our histories and the struggles that we face. Faces express the person, and Phases signify the transition from one stage of sexuality or gender expression and experience to another. Faces is also about the face-to-face confrontation between myself as the photographer/activist and the many lesbians, women and transmen I have interacted with from different places. Photographs in this series traverse spaces from Gauteng, Cape Town, Mafikeng and Botswana to Sweden.

Muholi was born in Umlazi, Durban, in 1972, and lives in Cape Town. She studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg. In 2009 she was the Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Also in 2009 she received a Fanny Ann Eddy accolade from IRN-Africa for her outstanding contributions to the study of sexuality in Africa, and won Casa Africa and Fondation Blachère awards at Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography. The first part of her Faces and Phases series was published by Prestel in 2010 and received a nomination as best photobook of the year at the International Photobook Festival in Kassel. The series was included on the 29th São Paulo Biennale (2010), and will feature on Face of Our Time at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (3 July to 16 October 2011). Current group exhibitions include Appropriated Landscapes at the Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Germany (11 June - May 2012), and Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the V&A Museum, London (12 April - 17 July 2011). Muholi's documentary Difficult Love (2010) has been seen - and continues to show - at film festivals around the world.

Click here to see previous portraits in the Faces and Phases series.



Anele 'Anza' Khaba, KwaThema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

Anelisa Mfo, Nyanga, Cape Town, 2010

Betesta Segale, Gaborone, Botswana, 2010

Betesta Segale, Gaborone, Botswana, 2010

Des're Higa, Makhaza, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 2010

Thandeka Ndamase, KwaThema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

Dorothy Magome, Mafikeng, North West, 2010

Katlego Phetlhu, Mafikeng, North West, 2010

Kgakgamatso 'Kenya' Mogorosi, Goodwood, Cape Town, 2011

Lerato Dumse, KwaThema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

Lex, Gaborone, Botswana, 2010

Lesedi Modise, Mafikeng, North West, 2010

Lesego Masilela, KwaThema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

'Makhethi' Sebenzile Ndaba, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, 2010

Mamiki Tshabalala, KwaThema, Johannesburg, 2010

Lerato Bafedile, KwaThema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

Matseko Mahlaba, KwaThema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

Matshidiso Mofokeng, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, 2010

Mbali Zulu, KwaThema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

Mpho Mtsweni, KwaThema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

Musa Ngubane, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, 2010

Noluntu Makalima, Woodstock, Cape Town, 2010

Nwabisa Skweyiya, Buitenkant Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 2011

Palesa Monakale, Buitenkant Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 2011

Pam Dlungwana, Woodstock, Cape Town, 2010

Pinky Zulu, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, 2010

Skipper Mogapi, Gaborone, Botswana, 2010

Skye Chirape, Brighton, United Kingdom, 2010

Smangele Mzizi, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, 2010

Siya Mcuta, Cape Town Station, Cape Town, 2011

Thandeka Mbatha, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2010

Thandi and Thandeka Mbatha, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2010

Tumi Nkopane, KwaThema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

"TK" Tekanyo, Gaborone, Botswana, 2010

Velisa Jara, Makhaza, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 2011

Yonela Nyumbeka, Makhaza, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 2011

Zandile Tose, Makhaza, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 2011

Zimaseka 'Zim' Salusalu, Gugulethu, Cape Town, 2011

Ziyanda Daniel, Buitenkant Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 2011

Zodwa Nkwinika, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2010

Zukiswa Gaca, Makhaza, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 2010

Zanele Muholi, Vredehoek, Cape Town, 2011

Neo Bev Bonokwane, Mafikeng, North West, 2010

Funeka Soldaat, Makhaza, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 2010

Sisipho Ndzuzo, District 6, Cape Town, 2011

Silva Dux Eiseb, Stockholm, Sweden, 2011

Kediemetse 'Kaybee' Thipe, Goodwood, Cape Town, 2011

Thlalefo 'Zeal' Ntseane, Mafikeng, North West, 2011

Asanda Fanti, Stockholm, Sweden, 2011

Pam Dlungwana, Vredehoek, Cape Town, 2011

Oyama Mbopa, Athlone, Cape Town, 2010

Lo Jones, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2010

Siphokazi Mntuyedwa, Vredehoek, Cape Town, 2011

Nzura Ntombozuko Ndlwana, Vredehoek, Cape Town, 2011

Des're Higa, Vredehoek, Cape Town, 2011

Amanda Mapuma, Vredehoek, Cape Town, 2011

Zizima Kom, Embekweni, Paarl, Cape Town, 2011

Zuki Gaca, Grand Parade, Cape Town, 2011

Siphokazi Kula, Embekweni, Paarl, Cape Town, 2011

Anele Sibamba, Nyanga East, Cape Town, 2011

Rena Godlo, Nyanga East, Cape Town, 2011

Eulander Koester, Nyanga East, Cape Town

Babalwa Nani, Cape Town Station, Cape Town, 2011

Phumzile Nkosi, Vosloorus, Johannesburg, 2011

Matseleng Kgoaripe, Vosloorus, Johannesburg, 2011

Sunday Francis Mdlankomo, Vosloorus, Johannesburg, 2011