Zanele Muholi will be launching her new exhibition, 'Somnyama Ngonyama' ('Hail, the Dark Lioness'), at the Stevenson gallery, Braamfontein.
This body of work represents a departure from Muholi's life-long project of documenting the black LGBTI community. Here, Muholi turns the camera on herself to explore racial dynamics in South Afirca. Her bold black-and-white self-portraits confront the politics of race and pigment in the photographic archive, while commenting on specific events in South Africa's political history, such as the Marikana massacre.
Along with these self-portraits, the exhibition features a series of twelve photographs from Muholi's ongoing essay, 'Brave Beauties'. These black-and-white images offer a celebratory look at the body and the politics of expression. The photographs were taken in 2014, the twentieth anniversary of South Africa's transition to democracy, and acknowledge the radical transformation of South African society, even though many shadows remain, especially in terms of crimes against the LGBTI community.
Muholi will give a walkabout of her exhibition on Friday, 20 November at 1 pm. Entrance is free and all are welcome.