Zanele Muholi discusses the evolution and impact of Somnyama Ngonyama and their current projects with Cummer Museum on Zoom.
Zanele Muholi features in Daimler Art Collection's newest show, 31:Women. In homage to Marcel Duchamp's New York exhibitions, Exhibition by 31 Women, (1943), and The Women, (1945), Daimler Contemporary 'takes its lead from these important founding documents of feminist art history' in assembling the offering.
Meschac Gaba, Zanele Muholi and Barthélémy Toguo feature in THIS IS NOT AFRICA – UNLEARN WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED, taking place across ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark and Red Clay in Ghana. The exhibition seeks to 'disrupt a conventional and stereotypical western narrative of Africanness'.
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Zanele Muholi's internationally touring exhibition curated by Renée Mussai, now shows at the Cummer Museum. This is the final venue for this exhibition in the United States.
Zanele Muholi curates an exhibition of David Goldblatt's work at Pace titled Strange Instrument. The show features over 60 vintage prints grouped into idiosyncratic categories that reflect Muholi’s deeply personal engagement with the late photographer.
Publications by Simon Gush, Zanele Muholi and Jo Ractliffe feature in Intimacy and Resistance: An Intergenerational dialogue on Photobooks from South Africa with additions from Sub-Saharan Africa, curated by John Fleetwood. The exhibition forms part of Photobook Week Aarhus.
And Then You See Yourself, an exhibition of photographs and video by Zanele Muholi, is on view at the Norval Foundation in Cape Town. Combining early and recent work, the show provides an overview of the visual activist's practice.
Zanele Muholi features in Crossing Views at Fondation Louis Vuitton, an exhibition drawn from the museum's collection, centered on the theme of the portrait and its interpretations across different disciplines and mediums.
Zanele Muholi exhibits on Being Seen: Recent Photographic Acquisitions at the Ringling Museum of Art. The show focuses on work that 'examine the complexities of identity and the staging of selfhood'.
As part of winning the Stiftung Niedersachsen's Spectrum International Award for Photography, Zanele Muholi’s solo show at Sprengel Museum will present around 50 of the artist’s works under the title ZAZISE, an overview of two decades of artistic production.
Edson Chagas and Zanele Muholi form part of African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other, the central exhibition at Houston's FotoFest Biennial 2020. Curated by Mark Sealy MBE, the presentation features over 30 artists from across the continent and its diaspora, 'examining the complex relationships between contemporary life in Africa, the African diaspora, and global histories of colonialism'.
Zanele Muholi and Paulo Nazareth exhibit in the 22nd Sydney Biennale, titled NIRIN, from the Wiradjuri for 'edge.' The biennale asserts that 'artists have the power to resolve, heal, dismember and imagine futures of transformation for re-setting the world'.
Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness exhibition, first shown at Autograph ABP, opens at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at Harvard University. Curated by Renée Mussai, this iteration of the touring show includes a roundtable discussion titled Playing in the Dark.
Zanele Muholi is the recipient of the 2019 Lucie Award for Humanitarian Photography. This annual event honours achievements in photography as part of the foundation's mission to celebrate 'masters of the field, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide'.
Zanele Muholi features in The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture at the Ryerson Image Center. Drawn from the Walther Collection, the exhibition seeks to revisit 'the history of African photographic portraiture through the perspectives of women, both as sitters and photographers'.
Ikhono LaseNatali, an exhibition initiated by Zanele Muholi travels from KZNSA to A4 Arts Foundation. Curated by Dr. Bajabulile La Dhlamini Sidzumo and Thobeka Bhengu, the show features interpretations of Somnyama Ngonyama by 25 Durban artists to showcase the city's creativity.
Zanele Muholi forms part of Limise, a two-person exhibition at Sakhile&Me. Throough work by Muholi and Lindeka Qampi the exhibition 'pays homage to the 63rd anniversary of the iconic 1956 Women's March during Apartheid South Africa'.
Zanele Muholi is one of six contemporary artists featured in Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now at the Guggenheim in New York, an exhibition looking at the complex legacy of the late photographer. Also included are Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Glenn Ligon, Rotimi Fani-Kayode and Lyle Ashton Harris.
Pieter Hugo and Zanele Muholi are included in African Spirits at Yossi Milo. This group exhibition examines 'photographic works taken in and out of the studio tracing the iconic visual legacy of studio portraiture from mid-20th century Africa on contemporary art'.
Zanele Muholi features in Face It, an exhibition that places 'the face as the medium between the "I" and the "other" at the center, [observing it] as the interface between presence and representation'. The show takes place at Kunstmuseum Ravensburg.
Edson Chagas, Steven Cohen, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Pieter Hugo and Barthélémy Toguo are included in IncarNations: African Art as Philosophy, initiated by Kendell Geers in dialogue with collector Sindika Dokolo. Held at BOZAR Centre for Arts, the show looks at work from the region as 'a living philosophical practice'.
Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, first shown at Autograph ABP, now travels to the Seattle Art Museum. Curated by Renée Mussai, the show was most recently presented at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.
Zanele Muholi and Penny Siopis feature in I Am ... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Drawing on the museum's permanent collection, the show 'explores the vital contributions of women to issues including the environment, identity, politics, race, sexuality, social activism, faith, and more'.
The public opening of Zanele Muholi's survey exhibition at Tate Modern has been postponed again to the end of the UK's current lockdown. Spanning new and early work, this exhibition aims to present the full breadth of Muholi’s photographic and activist practice.
Nicholas Hlobo and Zanele Muholi are among 30 artists in Kiss My Genders at the Hayward Gallery. Bringing together over 100 artworks, the show looks to 'move beyond a conventional understanding of the body, and in doing so open up new possibilities for gender, beauty and representations of the human form'.
Zanele Muholi presents Ikhono LaseNatali at the KwaZulu Natal Society of the Arts. Intended to spotlight creativity from the province as well as 25 years of democracy, the exhibition comprises of 25 commissioned works, each an interpretation Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama self-portraits by an emerging artist.
Zanele Muholi exhibits in Mirrors – The Reflected Self at Museum Rietberg. Based on 200 artworks spanning eight thousand years, this exhibition examines 'mirror images and self-awareness, vanity, beauty, mysticism and magic, protection and defence, and today’s most fashionable mirror – the selfie'.
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness by Zanele Muholi has won the 2019 'Best Photography Book Award' by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. The award recognises those 'who have made an outstanding original or lasting contribution' within photography or the moving image.
Zanele Muholi and Kemang Wa Lehulere are among the artists participating in the 58th Venice Biennale's main exhibition, May You Live in Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff. The exhibition highlights 'a view of art’s social function as embracing both pleasure and critical thinking'.
Amref Health Africa has honoured Zanele Muholi with the Rees Visionary Award at the 2019 ArtBall. This award is given in recognition of persons 'creating exceptional work that educates, inspires, and emboldens the viewer through these challenging times'.
Steven Cohen and Zanele Muholi show in Lignes de vies – une exposition de légendes (Lines of Lives - an exhibition of legends). It aims to 'build a reflection on staging and self-representation and deconstruct, analyze, criticize or question the phenomena and processes that shape and legitimize identity / identities'.
A screening of Difficult Love by Zanele Muholi takes place at the Cineteca Nacional, Coyacán, Mexico City, followed by a Q&A style discussion. Timed to correlate with Human Rights Day in South Africa, the screening forms part of a larger programme looking at Muholi's activism.
Zanele Muholi features in ULTRAVIOLETA: Didácticas desde los feminismos (ULTRAVIOLET: teachings from feminism) at the Juana Francés exhibition hall of the Casa de la Mujer. The show seeks to 'communicate to others the reality of women, recover historical memory and generate new dynamics'.
Nandipha Mntambo and Zanele Muholi feature in Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The exhibition explores 'the way that clothing communicates identity, documenting the fashion choices of brave individuals challenging the social norms of their times'.
Zanele Muholi and Barthélémy Toguo exhibit in the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Curated by Anita Dube under the title Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the biennale 'asks and searches for questions in the hope of dialogue'.
Huis Marseille in Amsterdam presents a selection of African photography from the Walther Collection, including works by Mame-Diarra Niang, Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi and Guy Tillim, bringing together these and other photographers' different perspectives on their countries and continent.
Zanele Muholi has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the 2018 Royal Photographic Society Awards, and Aperture has received the 2018 Lucie award for 'Book Publisher of the Year' for their work on the artist's publication, Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. Book launches and signings have taken place in New York, Oslo, Paris, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Zanele Muholi features in A Sheet of Paper Can Become a Knife at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery. The exhibition brings together ten contemporary artists who are connected by the struggle against violence.
Jo Ractliffe, Penny Siopis, Pieter Hugo, Steven Cohen, Nicholas Hlobo, Moshekwa Langa, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Zanele Muholi, Simphiwe Ndzube, Robin Rhode and Portia Zvavahera feature in Hacer Noche (Crossing Night), a series of exhibitions and residencies in Oaxaca focusing on southern Africa.
Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama series features in the 2018 GETXOPHOTO International Image Festival. This edition aims to reflect on the 'meaning of conflict while focusing the festival’s theme on its aftermath, the consequences caused by it and the reconstruction of dialogues in post-conflict period'.
Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness exhibition travels to the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Curated by Renée Mussai, the show was most recently presented at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham.
Zanele Muholi forms part of a two-person exhibition titled Queering The Gaze. Muholi's Brave Beauties series shows alongside work by Nigerian-Swedish photographer Mikael Owunna in a show that aims to address 'queer African and Afro-diasporic realities and identities'.
Edson Chagas and Zanele Muholi exhibit in From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This group exhibition presents a comparison of Picasso’s works with those of non-Western artists 'to put into question a history of aesthetic appropriations and re-appropriations in contemporary art'.
Zanele Muholi's first institutional solo show in Switzerland opens at LUMA Westbau. In addition to a comprehensive selection of works from Faces and Phases, Brave Beauties and Somnyama Ngonyama, the exhibition includes a screening programme of Muholi's documentaries.
Work by Zanele Muholi features in Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials, a travelling exhibition organised by the Palmer Museum of Art. The show brings together 30 contemporary artists to explore society's environmental, aesthetic and technological involvement with plastic.
Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama exhibition travels to Fotografiska. The show is curated by Renée Mussai and presented in partnership with Autograph ABP.
Zanele Muholi was included in the exhibition African Art Against the State - highlighting the history of activism, intervention and resistance in African art-making - at Williams College Museum of Art, Williamsburg, Massachusetts.
Zanele Muholi features in Multiple Medium: Photographs from the Collection, a group exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Muholi's documentary Difficult Love was screened on Thursday 1 March.
Zanele Muholi has been named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of their work in the arts and the LGBTQI community. They currently have a 'homecoming' exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery - the first solo show in the city of their birth.
The Market Photo Workshop presents Faces and Phases 11, a special project by Zanele Muholi that celebrates the 11th anniversary of her acclaimed portrait series documenting black lesbian and transgender individuals from South Africa and beyond.
Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness, Zanele Muholi's exhibition shown at Autograph ABP, London, moves to the Reid Gallery at Glasgow School of Art. The exhibition is curated by Renée Mussai.
Zanele Muholi presents a solo exhibiton of her Somnyama Ngonyama and Brave Beauties works at Yancey Richardson Gallery. This is her third solo exhibition with the gallery.
Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi and Kemang Wa Lehulere are taking part in Performa 17, the seventh edition of the New York based performance biennial. The South African Pavilion without Walls features artists who have developed 'deeply personal and individual vocabularies in the post-apartheid era'.
Steven Cohen and Zanele Muholi are included in Traversées Ren@rde at Transpalette Centre d'Art. The exhibition is part of a countrywide celebration of the Pompidou Centre's 40th anniversary, and includes multidisciplinary artists who have formed part of the Pompidou's history. Cohen will perform at Transpalette on 16 December.
Work from Zanele Muholi's Faces and Phases series is included in Structures of Identity at Museo Amparo, Mexico. The exhibition, drawing from the Walther Collection, seeks to highlight the different ways that subjectivity and social identity are shaped and regarded within the history of the photographic medium.
Zanele Muholi features in The Photographic I – Other Pictures at S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst). This exhibition seeks to investigate the power of the still image as a means of examining the world.
Nandipha Mntambo, Edson Chagas, Zanele Muholi, Nicholas Hlobo and Penny Siopis are among the artists whose work is included in the inaugural exhibitions at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Edson Chagas, Simon Gush and Zanele Muholi feature in a group show titled Madgermanes / Mystery Of Foreign Affairs. Spread across various locations, the exhibition 'searches for a collective cultural and political history that questions the motifs of home and hope, identity and affiliation, and focuses on the deconstruction of hegemonic concepts.'
Ziphozenkosi Dayile and Kemang Wa Lehulere have curated the inaugural exhibition at A4 Arts Foundation, You and I, which includes work by, among others, Zanele Muholi, Moshekwa Langa and Meschac Gaba.
The 2017 edition of MOMENTA, themed What Does the Image Stand For?, includes various works by Zanele Muholi. The Biennale 'invites viewers to take a critical stance toward the testimonial value of lens-based images'.
Work from Zanele Muholi's 'Faces and Phases' series is included in The Face: A Search for Clues at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum. The exhibition looks at questions around self-image and communication.
Zanele Muholi exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum (until 22 October) and Autograph ABP (till 28 October), her first institutional solos in Amsterdam and London. More than 60 of her Somnyama Ngonyama self-portraits are in the London show.
Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi and Barthélémy Toguo are included in AFRICA. Telling a world at Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea. The exhibition curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg and Ginevra Bria will feature 33 artists from the continent and its diaspora.
Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier features Nicholas Hlobo, Jane Alexander, Moshekwa Langa, Zanele Muholi, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Bogosi Sekhukhuni on Being There, South Africa; Barthélémy Toguo on The Insiders; and Robin Rhode and Meleko Mokgosi as part of the Louis Vuitton collection.
Zanele Muholi presents her Somnyama Ngonyama series at Wentrup, Berlin. This is her second solo exhibition at the space following Selected Faces & Phases and Beulahs in 2014.
Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama series will be exhibited at the 2017 Kyotographie International Photography Festival, themed 'Love'. Muholi will also present a masterclass on self-representation though photography.
The Maitland Institute has opened its inaugural exhibition of wallpaper prints from Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama series of self-portraits. The MI is at 372 Voortrekker Road (entrance on Mowbray), and is open by appointment through email@example.com.
Meschac Gaba, Barthélémy Toguo, Nandipha Mntambo, Moshekwa Langa and Zanele Muholi are included in When the Heavens Meet the Earth: Selected Works from the Sina Jina Collection of Contemporary Art. The exhibition brings together selected works from Robert Devereux’s contemporary art collection.
Zanele Muholi exhibits 10 photographs from her Faces and Phases series at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and gives a keynote artist's talk at the museum on 6 October. While in North Carolina she will have a residency at Cassilhaus.
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, curated by Amelie Klein and Okwui Enwezor, includes work by Robin Rhode, Anton Kannemeyer, Guy Tillim and Zanele Muholi. The show opened at Vitra Design Museum in Germany and travelled to Guggenheim Bilbao, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona and Kunsthal Rotterdam.
Zanele Muholi is one of 20 women artists and designers from the African Diaspora included on Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life, a 'reflection on style through garments, photography, video, painting and sculpture'.
Kemang Wa Lehulere and Zanele Muholi were participants in the ninth edition of SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, curated by Beck Jee-sook under the title NERIRI KIRURU HARARA (derived from a line of the poem Two Billion Light Years of Solitude by Shuntaro Tanikawa).
Zanele Muholi is one of 10 contemporary photographers 'whose perspectives reflect the challenging circumstances that surround them', showcased in Supporting Alternative Visions at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam.
Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama series of self-portraits is on view in Arles, coinciding with the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival. Her show is part of Systematically Open? New forms of production of the contemporary image at LUMA Arles. The show is now extended to run through FIAC.
Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama was also the subject of a solo show at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival.
Zanele Muholi took part in the ninth Berlin Biennale, showing on the lightbox project LIT; also selected for the biennale, taking place at various venues across the city, was Bogosi Sekhukhuni as part of the CUSS Group, which includes Angel-Ho, FAKA and Megan Mace as well as NTU.
Art21 follows the artistic processes of David Goldblatt, Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi and Robin Rhode in the Johannesburg episode of Art in the Twenty-First Century. The local premier took place as part of the 2018 Jo'burg Art Fair and screenings continue in various venues globally and online.