Zanele Muholi


This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2024.

ISBN: 9781849769402 Category:

Sarah Allen, Yasufumi Nakamori


A stunning and comprehensive exploration of the work of visual artist-activist Zanele Muholi.

Born in South Africa in 1972, Zanele Muholi came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that sought to envision black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex lives beyond deviance or victimhood. Muholi’s work challenges hetero-patriarchal ideologies and representations, presenting the participants in their photographs as confident and beautiful individuals bravely existing in the face of prejudice, intolerance, and, frequently, violence.

While Muholi’s intimate photographs of others launched their international career, their intense self-portraits solidified it. This groundbreaking publication include images from the key series Muholi has produced over the past twenty years, as well as never-before-published and recent works, presenting the full breadth of Muholi’s photographic and activist practice like never before.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 17 x 24.5 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 21 August 2024
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17 x 24.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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Sarah Allen is Head of Programme at the South London Gallery.

Yasufumi Nakamori is Director of the Asia Society Museum, New York. He was previously Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) at Tate (2018- 2023).

Featuring additional contributions from Pamella Dlungwana, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Candice Jansen, Sindiwe Magona, Renée Mussai, and Katarina Pierre.