Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi is a photographer and visual activist. She co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002, and in 2009 founded Inkanyiso (, a forum for queer and visual (activist)
media. Muholi studied Advanced Photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg, and in 2009 completed an MFA in Documentary Media at Ryerson University, Toronto. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts/Hochschule für Künste Bremen.

Muholi’s self-proclaimed mission is ‘to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa through ongoing photographic projects: Faces and Phases looks at black South African lesbian and transgender individuals and Somnyama Ngonyama (Hail, The Dark Lioness) confronts the politics of race and pigment in the photographic archive though self-portraiture characterised by the use of heightened contrast.

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