‘Intimacies That Disrupt’ by Hlonipha Mokoena
Fri 14 July, 7 - 8:30pm
Please join us for a gallery talk by Johannesburg-based South African scholar Hlonipha Mokoena, in response to Zanele Muholi’s exhibition Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail The Dark Lioness.
Professor Mokoena will discuss Muholi’s singular contribution to the aesthetics of blackness, and consider how politics of dress, gender, and Zulu identity/language converse in her ongoing body of self-portraiture.
Followed by Q&A with the visual activist Zanele Muholi and curator Renée Mussai
After her talk, Mokoena will be joined by visual activist Zanele Muholi and curator Renée Mussai for a brief round-table discussion.
From her essay entitled ‘Ukuphekula Izikhuni / Intimacies That Disrupt’ (2017):
"When so many want to revolt, Zanele Muholi presents to us a revolution all of her own making. It is not a political ideology that she is raging against nor is she positioning herself against an ‘ism’. She is neither on the offensive nor on the defensive. She is not even in the business of explaining what she is doing. Yet, her Somnyama Ngonyama is a resplendent revolutionary act. She is taking on the whole history of the representation of black skin/s in visual art.
What makes this revolutionary is that she is the vanguard of her own battle. She does not seek refuge behind other ‘subjects’. She is the subaltern of her own underdog position and yet she does not shy from looking out with a haughty expression on a world of which she seems to be suspicious."