Zanele Muholi



ISBN: 9781849766821 Category:

Sarah Allen


Born in South Africa, 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. The illustrations include images from the key series Muholi has produced over the past twenty years, as well as never-before-published and recent works.

This book, and the exhibition it accompanies, presents the full breadth of Muholi’s photographic and activist practice. It features six newly commissioned essays as well as a glossary and chronology.

Additional information

Weight 614 g
Dimensions 17.4 x 24.5 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 1 February 2021
Number of pages 192
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Yasufumi Nakamori
Dimensions 17.4 x 24.5 cm
Weight 614 g


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SARAH ALLEN is Assistant Curator at Tate Modern. YASUFUMI NAKORI is Senior Curator, International Art at Tate