Zanele Muholi, ‘Babaza III, Philadelphia’, 2019, Photography, Silver gelatin print, Stevenson
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Zanele Muholi

Babaza III, Philadelphia, 2019

Silver gelatin print
22 2/5 × 18 1/10 in
57 × 46 cm
Edition of 8 + 2AP
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Location
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Amsterdam
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Somnyama Ngonyama
Zanele Muholi
South African, b. 1972
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A photographer and self-proclaimed visual activist, Zanele Muholi explores black lesbian and gay identities and politics in contemporary South Africa. For their series “Faces and Phases” (2006-11), Muholi photographed more than 200 portraits of South Africa’s lesbian community. “The portraits are at once a visual statement and an archive,” they have said, “marking, mapping, and preserving an often invisible community for posterity.” Muholi’s sensitive portraits challenge the stigma surrounding gays and lesbians in South Africa, debunk the common rhetoric that homosexuality is un-African, and address the preponderance of hate crimes against homosexuals in their native country. Among other subjects, they have captured the survivors of “corrective rape”. In April 2012, thieves broke into Muholi’s Cape Town apartment and stole over 20 hard drives holding years of photographic documentation, suggesting the continued controversy and sensitivity surrounding the issues that Muholi’s works confront.

Zanele Muholi, ‘Babaza III, Philadelphia’, 2019, Photography, Silver gelatin print, Stevenson
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Somnyama Ngonyama
Zanele Muholi
South African, b. 1972
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A photographer and self-proclaimed visual activist, Zanele Muholi explores black lesbian and gay identities and politics in contemporary South Africa. For their series “Faces and Phases” (2006-11), Muholi photographed more than 200 portraits of South Africa’s lesbian community. “The portraits are at once a visual statement and an archive,” they have said, “marking, mapping, and preserving an often invisible community for posterity.” Muholi’s sensitive portraits challenge the stigma surrounding gays and lesbians in South Africa, debunk the common rhetoric that homosexuality is un-African, and address the preponderance of hate crimes against homosexuals in their native country. Among other subjects, they have captured the survivors of “corrective rape”. In April 2012, thieves broke into Muholi’s Cape Town apartment and stole over 20 hard drives holding years of photographic documentation, suggesting the continued controversy and sensitivity surrounding the issues that Muholi’s works confront.

Zanele Muholi

Babaza III, Philadelphia, 2019

Silver gelatin print
22 2/5 × 18 1/10 in
57 × 46 cm
Edition of 8 + 2AP
.
Sold
Location
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Amsterdam
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
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