Zanele Muholi presented by PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography


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Zanele Muholi, Hlonipha, Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2016. Courtesy Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York

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“I’m reclaiming my blackness, which I feel is continuously performed by the privileged other.” – Zanele Muholi.

For over a decade, acclaimed South African photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi has documented black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s lives in various townships in their home country. Concentrating their unrelenting gaze on underrepresented faces and scenes, Zanele Muholi pierces and dissects issues of race, sexuality and gender. They will be exhibiting their new work in Melbourne and Sydney, in a partnership between PHOTO 2020 and the Biennale of Sydney.

Muholi will be in conversation with radio producer, presenter and educator Areej Nur. Nur is co-founder of African artist collective, Still Nomads as well as podcast network, Broadwave. Nur’s work seeks to support women of colour, particularly black women, to be at the forefront of conversations about media, arts, race and feminism in Australia.

PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography runs from 23 April to 10 May 2020. NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney runs from 14 March to 18 June 2020.

Supported by Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

In collaboration with

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.