27/06/2017

07.07.17 | Zanele Muholi exhibition opens at Amsterdam art temple

Events / By ZAM Reporter
Photo: from website Stedelijk Museum Photo: from website Stedelijk Museum

South Africa's 'visual activist' Zanele Muholi's astonishing photography is now being hosted by one of the leading contemporary art spaces in the world, the Stedelijk Museum.

Join us for the opening of Zanele Muholi's exhibition in Amsterdam.

When: Friday 7 July at 8 PM
Where: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Programme with: Beatrix Ruf, Hripsimé Visser, Phila Mbanjwa and Annalyzer
Register here

And there she is! With a selection of photographic works from the series Somnyama Ngonyama, Faces and Phases and Brave Beauties, the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum pays homage to Zanele Muholi (1972, Umlazi, Durban.) The 'visual activist' has captured images of the black lesbian, gay and transgender community in South Africa and elsewhere, stressing the dignity of the individuals photographed. Since she picked up a camera in the early years of this century, Muholi has travelled the world from exhibition to masterclass, always returning home to thicken her portfolio, participate in the struggle for equality and educate the many who are inspired by her talent and leadership.

ZAM and Zanele Muholi go back a long way. Muholi was web editor at Behind the Mask, an online magazine on gay and lesbian affairs in Africa initiated by ZAM editor Bart Luirink in 1999. It was in the safe space of Johannesburg’s 'Mask' office that Muholi’s intense desire to become an activist artist and photographer grew and developed. In 2007, after Luirink had become ZAM's editor-in-chief, the magazine's art director Nicole Segers put together the first feature on Muholi's work. It would be followed up by highlights and more features in the years to come. In 2009, Muholi was artist-in-residence at the Thami Mnyele studio in Amsterdam. Dozens of exhibitions worldwide, several books, an honorary doctorate in Germany and several prestigious international awards later, Muholi is well on the way to living her dream.

Muholi is part of a special group of artists enabling ZAM to introduce international audiences to African creatives with the donation of a work. Please check our website and read more about these gestures by Marlene Dumas, Anton Corbijn, Berend Strik and Ruan Hoffmann.

Somnyama Ngonyama was featured in ZAM's first online Photo Editions.