Kube Gallery

Zanele Muholi

Somnyama Ngonyama
October 28th, 2022 - January 29th, 2023

HAIL THE DARK LIONESS

In more than 30 self-portraits, celebrated visual activist Zanele Muholi (South African, b. 1972), uses their body as a canvas to confront the deeply personal politics of race and representation in the visual archive. In Somnyama Ngonyama, which translates from isiZulu to ‘Hail The Dark Lioness’, Muholi playfully employs the conventions of classical painting, fashion photography, and the familiar tropes of ethnographic imagery to rearticulate contemporary identity politics. Each black and white self-portrait asks critical questions about social (in)justice, human rights, and contested representations of the Black body.

Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi

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Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi

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Zanele Muholi

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© Photo: Beowulf Sheehan / PEN America / Opale / Bridgeman Images

ZANELE MUHOLI

South African photographer and filmmaker Zanele Muholi was born in 1972 in Umlazi, South Africa. Muholi self-identifies as a visual activist, and their development as a photographer is deeply intertwined with their advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community in South Africa and beyond.

Muholi has produced a number of photographic series investigating the severe disconnect that exists in post-apartheid South Africa between the equality promoted by its 1996 Constitution and the ongoing bigotry toward and violent acts targeting individuals within the LGBTQ community. As an ensemble, Muholi’s images display the depth and diversity of this group in South Africa and in various countries that the artist has visited.

Solo exhibitions of Muholi’s work have been hosted by Casa África, Las Palmas, Spain (2011); Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg (2012); Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy (2013); Schwules Museum, Berlin (2014); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2015); Kulturhistorek Museum, Oslo (2016); Autograph ABP, London (2017); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2017); Museo de Arte moderno de Buenos Aires (2018) and Tate Modern (2021)

Zanele Muholi - Uitstalling Art Gallery - Aphelile X  Durban 2020

Aphelile X
Durban 2020 - 950x740mm

Baryta print
Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - VUMANI II Boston 2019

Vumani II
Boston 2019 - 800x800mm
Baryta print ​
Edition of 8 + 2APs

Muholi X
Boston 2019 - 500x388mm
Baryta print ​
Edition of 8 + 2APs

 
Uitstalling Art Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Buzile ISGM Boston 2019

Buzile
ISGM Boston 2019
600x545mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling art Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Coshiwe Cape Sun Cape Town 2019

Coshiwe
Cape Sun Cape Town 2019 600x490mm - Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Art Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Cwazimula ISGM Boston 2019

Cwazimula
ISGM Boston 2019 600x466mm- Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Taken in cities across Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa, Muholi's socially engaged, radical brand of self-portraiture transforms found objects and quotidian materials into dramatic and historically loaded props, merging the political with the personal, aesthetics with history - often commenting on specific events in South Africa’s past, as well as urgent global concerns pertinent to our present times: scouring pads and latex gloves address themes of domestic servitude while alluding to sexual politics, cultural violence, and the often suffocating prisms of gendered identities. Rubber tires, cable ties, or electrical cords invoke forms of social brutality and exploitation; ​sheets of plastic and polythene draw attention to environmental issues and global waste, while accessories like cowrie shells and beaded fly whisks highlight Western fascinations with clichéd, exoticized representations of African cultures.

Throughout the series, the dark complexion of Muholi’s skin becomes the focal point of profound visual interrogations into matters of beauty, pride, desire, ​self-care and the many interlinked phobias, and isms navigated daily such as homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, racism, and sexism.

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Inile London 2019

Inile
London 2019
500x320mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Isiqhaza II Philadelphia 2018

Isiqhaza II
Philadelphia 2018
800 x 690mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Jula I ,Wild Coast 2020

Jula I
Wild Coast 2020 700x490mm - Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Khulumani I ISGM Boston 2019

Khulumani I
ISGM Boston 2019
594 x 442mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Jamile, MANHATTAN NEW YORK 2019

Jamile
Manhattan NY 2019 500x400mm - Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Sukile Seattle 2019

Sukile
Seattle 2019
800x533mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Khetha Batcentre Durban 2019

Khetha
Batcentre Durban 2019
600x485mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Labo V  TORINO 2019

Labo V
Torino 2019
800x575mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Muzani I Radisson Blue Berkshire London 2019

Muzani I
Radisson Blue Berkshire London 2019
560x390mm

Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Mihla Port Edward 2020

Mihla
Port Edward 2020 820x800mm - Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - MuMu XII London 2019

MuMu XII
London 2019
800x800 mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Mihla
Port Edward 2020 700x700mm - Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Khulumani II  ISGM Boston 2019

Khulumani II
ISGM Boston 2019
600x454mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Ndiphile I Radisson Red Hotel Waterfront Cape Town 2019

Ndiphile I
Radisson Red Hotel Waterfront Cape Town 2019
600x400mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Ndiphile II Radisson Red Hotel Waterfront Cape Town 2019

Ndiphile II
Radisson Red Hotel Waterfront Cape Town 2019
1100x730mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Zanele Muholi - Uitstalling Gallery - Siyikhokonke Sheraton Hotel Brooklyn 2019

Siyikhokonke
Sheraton Hotel Brooklyn 2019
600x440mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Banani I Brooklyn New York 2019

Banani I
Brooklyn New York 2019
600x440mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Simele Okunye II Seattle Washington 2019

Simele Okunye II
Seattle Washington 2019 850x620mm - Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Thathu I  THE SAILS DURBAN 2019

Thathu I
The Sails Durban 2019 900x700mm - Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Sukile Harbor Steps Apartments Seattle 2019

Sukile
Harbor Steps Apartments Seattle 2019
600x460mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Vika III The Decks Cape Town 2019

Vika III
The Decks Cape Town 2019 700x580mm - Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling gallery - Zanele Muholi - Zine XX Melbourne Australia 2020

Zine XX
Melbourne Australia 2020 600x500mm - Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Ziphi II Emhlabeni 2019

Ziphi II
Emhlabeni 2019
600x520mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Ziphi IV Cape Town 202

Ziphi IV
Cape Town 2020
900x600mm - 
Baryta print ​Edition of 8 + 2APs

Uitstalling Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Ngizwe I Apt #2 Paragon Crescent Winkhoek Namibia 2019

Ngizwe I
Apt #2 Paragon Crescent
Winkhoek Namibia 2019 Wallpaper

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Uitstalling Art Gallery - Zanele Muholi - Bona Charlottesville 2015 Wallpaper

Bona
Charlottesville 2015
Wallpaper

Not for sale