Zanele Muholi Tate Modern

Zanele Muholi, Tate Modern 6 June 2024 to 26 January 2025

Metro Imaging is proud to announce a major UK survey of visual activist Zanele Muholi.

Zanele Muholi one of the most acclaimed global photographers working today. With over 260 photographs, this exhibition presents the full breadth of their career to date. Muholi describes themself as a visual activist. From the early 2000s, they have documented and celebrated the lives of South Africa’s Black lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex communities.

Despite the equality promised by South Africa’s 1996 constitution, its LGBTQIA+ community remains a target for violence and prejudice and the early series Only Half the Picture, captures moments of love and intimacy alongside intense images alluding to traumatic events. In Faces and Phases each participant looks directly at the camera, challenging the viewer to hold their gaze. These images and the accompanying testimonies form a growing archive of a community of people who are risking their lives by living authentically in the face of oppression and discrimination.

Other key series of works, include Brave Beauties, which celebrates empowered non-binary people and trans women, many of whom have won Miss Gay Beauty pageants, and Being, a series of tender images of couples which challenge stereotypes and taboos.

Muholi turns the camera on themself in the ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama – translated as ‘Hail the Dark Lioness’. These powerful and reflective images explore themes including labour, racism, Eurocentrism and sexual politics.​

The exhibition is based on the artist’s 2020-21 exhibition which Metro Imaging produced for Tate Modern and will include new archival Black and White prints which Metro also mounted and framed. We have also supported with an extensive area of wall vinyl which adds impact to this incredible and thought provoking exhibition. Follow the link here to find out about the exhibition, how to book and to discover more about Zanele Muholi.

All images ©ZaneleMuholi2024

Vile, Gothenburg, 2015  Xiniwe at Cassilhaus, North Carolina 2016  Buhlalu I, The Decks, Cape Town 2019

Zanele Muholi Qiniso, The Sails, Durban 2019 © Zanele Muholi

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