Zanele Muholi is a visual activist and photographer. Born in Umlazi, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, they work from Durban and Johannesburg. Muholi’s self-proclaimed mission is “to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond.” Muholi co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002, and in 2009 founded Inkanyiso, a forum for queer and visual activist media. They continue to train and co-facilitate photography workshops for young women in the townships and run the Art Sessions for Youth development programme around KwaZulu-Natal.
Selected shows include: a mid-career retrospective at Tate Modern, London (2021); a solo exhibition at Cummer Museum in Jacksonville, USA, and a solo show at Stevenson Gallery, Amsterdam (2021). Some previous solo exhibitions have taken place at various institutions including the Norval Foundation, Cape Town (2020); the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at Harvard University (2020); the Seattle Art Museum (2019); Colby Museum of Art, Maine (2019); the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta (2018); New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2018); Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (2018); and Fototgrafiska, Stockholm (2018).