Gallery Talk:
‘Intimacies That Disrupt’ by Hlonipha Mokoena

Fri 14 July, 7 - 8:30pm

Autograph ABP

London, UK

Event, £3

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."

About Hlonipha Mokoena

Hlonipha Mokoena received her Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town in 2005. She is currently an associate professor and researcher at WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Her articles have been published in: Journal of Natal and Zulu HistoryJournal of Religion in AfricaJournal of Southern African Studies; Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa and Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing. She has contributed opinion pieces and book reviews to: African Studies Review; History & TheoryThe Politics of Jacob Zuma, ACAS Bulletin No. 84; the blog “Africa is a Country” and the exhibition “PASS-AGES: References & Footnotes”.

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