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Talk & Book Signing

ART PAPERS LIVE: Zanele Muholi

Friday, September 14

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art 350 Spelman Ln SW Atlanta, GA 30314


ART PAPERS LIVE, in partnership with Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, present an evening with photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi, and Renée Mussai, the London-based curator and contributor to Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness (Aperture, 2018). Join the two at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta for a discussion surrounding Muholi’s most recent work and publication.

Event Schedule:
6pm: Museum opens
6.30pm: Auditorium Doors open
7pm: Program begins
8.15pm: Q+A
8.30pm: Book signing and reception

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness” on view at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art from September 14–December 8, 2018.

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Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness (Aperture, 2018)

Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness includes one hundred self-portraits created by one of the most powerful visual activists of our time. In each of the images, Muholi drafts material props from their immediate environment in an effort to reflect her journey, explore their own image and possibilities as a black woman in today’s global society, and—most important—to speak emphatically in response to contemporary and historical racisms. As they state, “I am producing this photographic document to encourage people to be brave enough to occupy spaces, brave enough to create without fear of being vilified. . . . To teach people about our history, to re-think what history is all about, to re-claim it for ourselves, to encourage people to use artistic tools such as cameras as weapons to fight back.”

Zanele Muholi (born in Umlazi, South Africa, 1972) is a visual activist and photographer, cofounder of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women, and founder of Inkanyiso, a forum for queer and visual media. Muholi has won numerous awards for their work, including the ICP Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism (2016); the Fine Prize for an emerging artist at the 2013 Carnegie International; a Prince Claus Award (2013); and both the Casa África award for best female photographer and a Fondation Blachère award at Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography (2009). Her Faces and Phases series was shown at dOCUMENTA (13) and the 55th Venice Biennale and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2015. Muholi is an honorary professor at the University of the Arts Bremen, Germany. They are represented by Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.

ART PAPERS LIVE: Zanele Muholi