Zanele Muholi, ‘Miss D'vine I’, 2007, Phillips

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From the Catalogue:
Zanele Muholi, who terms herself a visual activist, focuses her work around South Africa’s queer community of which she is a part. The current lot is from a group of portraits Muholi took of the drag queen Miss D’vine. Here, Miss D’vine is wearing traditional South African garb – a choice of costume intended to subvert traditional notions of gender. ‘I give young black queens and drag artists a visual voice in the cultural landscape of post-apartheid South Africa,’ Muholi explains. ‘These photographs examine how gender-queer identities and bodies are shaped by – but also resist, through their very existence – dominant notions of what it means to be black and feminine.’
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Signature: Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 3/5 on an artist label and a Certificate of Authenticity, both accompanying the work.

Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

About Zanele Muholi

A photographer and self-proclaimed visual activist, Zanele Muholi explores black lesbian and gay identities and politics in contemporary South Africa. For her 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,” she has 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 her native country. Among other subjects, she has 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.

South African, b. 1972, Umlazi, Durban, South Africa