Zanele Muholi (b. 1972 in Umlazi, Durban) lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Muholi sees her artistic practice as visual activism to effect social change. Over the past decade, she has become known globally with Faces and Phases, her pioneering portrait photography of South Africa’s LBTQI communities.
Muholi was included in the South African pavilion at the 55thVenice Biennale (2013) and took part in the São Paolo Biennial (2010), documenta 13, Kassel (2013) and, most recently, Kyotographie: International Photography Festival, Kyoto, Japan (2017).
Selected solo exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum in New York (2015); Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (2015); FotoFocus Biennial, Cincinnati, USA (2016), Rencontres D’Arles (2016); Wentrup, Berlin, Germany (2017); and a forthcoming retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2017). She has shown her work internationally in institutions such as Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam; Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin; BOZAR, Brussels; Guggenheim, New York; Tate Liverpool, and Tate Modern, London.
Muholi is an Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts Bremen, and has been the recipient of the prestigious Prince Claus Award and the Carnegie Fine Prize.
Her photographs are represented in museums and collections, including Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim, New York; Margulies Collection, Miami; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Walther Collection New York/Neu-Ulm; and Tate Modern, London.
Her latest monograph, Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama: ‘Hail, the Dark Lioness’, will be published by Aperture (New York) in spring 2018. She is represented by Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg.