Zanele Muholi

Born 1972, Umlazi, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa | Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa

Zanele Muholi, installation view of the series Faces and Phases, 48 gelatin silver prints, 34 1⁄16 x 23 13⁄16 in. (86.5 x 60.5 cm) each; Presentation supported by The George Foundation © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg; Photo: Greenhouse Media


Zanele Muholi is a photographer and self-described “visual activist” who sees her work as a lifetime endeavor aimed at redefining the face of Africa both within and outside the continent, and fighting violence against LGBTI people. Muholi studied at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg and received an MFA in documentary media from Ryerson University in Toronto. She has exhibited her work internationally, with solo shows at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2004), the CCA Lagos (2009), and Yancey Richardson Gallery (New York, 2013). Muholi was the 2009 Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has received awards for her work, including the Fondation Blachère Award at the Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography (2009).

Muholi is the winner of the Fine Prize for the 2013 Carnegie International.


In Conversation: Zanele Muholi and Lerato Dumse