Zanele Muholi empowering the LGBTQIA+ community through her photographs
South African visual activist, Zanele Muholi will present an exhibition at the Tate Modern in London.
This exhibition will be the first major UK survey of Muholi’s work and will be showing showcasing their series titled ‘Faces and Phases’. The series consists of black and white portraits featuring lesbian, bisexual, trans and gender nonconforming bodies.
In a video interview with Dazed, the artist speaks more about their series.
“I wanted the viewer, or the person being photographed engaged with each other, so each and every portrait becomes one biography. I want people to understand our existence and presence, to say, ‘we exist’. So that existence comes with a visibility that is positive.” Muholi said.
Muholi has used film and photography to document the lives of the LGBTQIA+ community in South Africa. They have produced several other key series which include Half the Picture, Brave Beauties, and Somnyama Ngonyama.
Muholi mentions that photography is not only to capture beauty, but it is also about the need to document reality of people who deserve to be heard, seen, and often excluded as part of the canon.
“The work that I produce is meant to be for every person. It could be a teacher, it could be a mother whose child is queer and want to have a reference point to show to their kids and say that you are not alone and it could be for that LGBTI people themselves to under their worthiness,” said Muholi.
The exhibition is organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Madison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, Gropius Bau, Berlin and Bidmuseet at Umeå University.
Muholi’s survey show will start on 05th November 2020 and runs until 07th March 2021.