Yasser Booley (1975, Cape Town). In his own words: “From my maternal mother's side, I am the 9th generation of an ancestor exiled to the Cape as Political Prisoner for fighting against the Dutch colonialists in present day Indonesia. (…) My great grandfather was a cook on an old wooden ship from Mauritius who decided to stay in Cape Town, my father's maternal grandfather was a friend of Gandhi. (…) My father was imprisoned by the South African secret police in the 60s for being one of the founding members of the Muslim Youth Movement. (…)
My name is Yasser Booley. (…) My story as a photographer begins with the gift of a camera by my father in my penultimate year in high school in 1992.”
In 2006, ZAM featured the first works of Zanele Muholi. Amongst them: a self-portrait almost hidden in the clouds of a happy smoker. Our publisher at the time cried rage, we were at the peak of the war against nicotine.
Muholi, naturally, shuns the conventional. Ten years later, the issues of our time – identity, race, white privilege and cliché – are at the heart of a new series. The multiple award winner, honorary doctor, internationally renowned visual activist enters a clash with who we are and how we perceive the world around us. It's profound and disturbing, and so good. A real smoking gun!