Zanele Muholi

26 November 2021 to 13 March 2022

Zanele Muholi self-identifies as a visual activist and has been documenting the life of Black LGBTQIA+ communities since the early 2000s in intimate and powerful photographs across South Africa and beyond. From 26 November 2021 to 13 March 2022, the Gropius Bau hosts Muholi’s first major survey in Germany.

Zanele Muholi, Bona, Charlottesville, 2015

Zanele Muholi, Bona, Charlottesville, 2015, 800 × 503 mm, photograph, gelatin silver print on paper

© Zanele Muholi, purchased with funds provided by the Africa Acquisitions Committee 2017

Forms of Insistence, Tenderness and Refuge
Public programme accompanying the exhibition Zanele Muholi
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About the Exhibition

Alongside their earlier, lesser-known series, the show will feature recent works to display the full range of Muholi’s photographic practice, which addresses sexual politics, racial violence, communal resistance and self-assertion. Muholi’s photography is not only a gesture of empowerment, but consistently challenges the heteronormative gaze while building a network of affinity and new pictorial histories. Series such as Faces and Phases and Brave Beauties have contributed to a growing visual archive that celebrates Black queer and trans selfhood, acting as a testimony of those who risk their lives to live authentically in the face of repression and discrimination.

Curated by Natasha Ginwala, Associate Curator, Gropius Bau; Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator International Art (Photography), Tate Modern and Sarah Allen, former Assistant Curator, Tate Modern

Content Guidance
This exhibition contains themes related to gender and sexuality-based discrimination, hate crimes, rape and racism. It also contains sexual images.

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Zanele Muholi: Curatorial Walkthrough with Natasha Ginwala and Yasufumi Nakamori

Walk & Talk

GodXXX Noirphiles and mandhla. (Mandhlenkosi Ndubiwa) on Zanele Muholi

In the most recent edition of our Walk & Talk series, GodXXX Noirphiles, House Muva of House of Living Colors, and mandhla. (Mandhlenkosi Ndubiwa), House of Living Colors, talk about Zanele Muholi’s work and its importance for Black queer and trans* communities in South Africa and beyond.

[Content Warning: Racism, hate crimes, rape]

Organised by Tate Modern, London in collaboration with Gropius Bau, Berlin; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Institut Valencià d’Art Modern and Bildmuseet at Umeå University

Partners:  Wall,  Bouvet
Media partners:  Monopol,  Elephant,  Numéro Berlin,  Fräulein ,  Berlin Art Link

Funded by:

Logo Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation and  Volkart Stiftung