Zanele Muholi (b 1972) has a photographic career that spans over a decade. She is a new entry on ArtReview’s Power 100 and has been described as Africa’s most powerful female artist. As a dedicated gender and political activist she has used her work, her blog and the global speaking circuit as tools of her trade.
Several prints and wallpapers from Muholi’s self-portrait series will be on display at this year’s fair. Somnyama Ngonyama (meaning ‘Hail, the Dark Lioness’) engages socio-political issues, using black and white and sepia to echo the gravity of Muholi’s concerns. Since its inception in 2014, the work has prompted commentary from publications such as the New York Times and the Miami Herald. This series was most recently exhibited at the LUMA Foundation in Arles and the FotoFocus Biennial in Cincinnati.
Zander Blom (b 1982) is a painter at the early stages of his career, his growing international prominence reflected by his inclusion in seminal publications such as Phaidon’s Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting and Four Generations: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art.
Artforum has described Blom’s works as exhibiting a ‘guileless and enraptured interest in high-modernist painterly ideas’. This is in recognition of his continued experimentation with the painting medium. His alchemical combination of form, history and colour won him the third Jean-François Prat Prize for contemporary art in 2014, with his work being exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
Stevenson is particularly pleased to debut wallpapers by Muholi that have never been seen in the United States and a significant new triptych by Blom. The works by the two artists will be interspersed in order to curate a dynamic dialogue between creative talents that operate within different visual languages and conceptual threads.