The European House of Photography is hosting its first entirely dedicated retrospective until May 21, 2023.
Zanele Muholi, South African photographer and activist. He has been working closely with Zanele Muholi since the early 2000s The South African LGBT+ community documenting the lives of its creators through multiple means. More 200 photos, videos, archival documents Here, installations are collected to allow you to explore Zanele Muholi’s work in its entirety. Photography and activism: updating representations to deconstruct clichés
It seems impossible to separate the work of art from it
Zanele Muholi and his warrior commitment LGBT+ communities in their countries. At the beginning of the exhibition, it is mentioned that after the abolition of apartheid, the Constitution of 1996 first in the world to prohibit any segregation based on sexual orientation; but it is clear that the text often remains in the closet, and in fact LGBT+ people still discrimination and violence – especially when issues of racism and poverty are added.
Zanele Muholi: self-portrait and reappropriation
Zanele Muholi uses self-portraiture as a means of reclaiming her story, her identity. By embodying differently
archetypes Explores the border between fiction and documentary about his native country and culture the staging is assumed to be so.
Bester V, Mayotte, 2015 Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York © Zanele Muholi
Parade and public space
With his series
Queering and most recently Brave Beautiesthe artist is inspired by a strange imagination and, by modernizing its aesthetics, updates certain political issues and problems. Some photographs depict the process of re-appropriation, again the public space and the desire to show how it can be occupied, inhabited – when it is often synonymous with a place of isolation, segregation.
High heels, jewelry, make-up, being in public immediately creates anxiety,
norm violation its author is often discriminated and oppressed. Zanele Muholi asks: how do you look and switch codes when you can’t pretend to be who you are?