The opening of world-famous South African photographer Zanele Muholi’s first solo London exhibition attracted throngs of fans, fellow artists and an accentuated representation of members of London’s queer community, who lined up around the block for the opportunity to view the artist’s latest body of work. Titled “Somnyama Ngonyama – Hail Dark Lioness”, the exhibition is a continuation of Muholi’s visual activism, exploring political issues of race, queerness and advancing a manifesto of the inherent beauty of dark bodies, faces and spaces.
All of the works are self-portraits, giving the viewer a very personal insight into the gamut of emotions that rummage through Muholi: anger, defiance, vulnerability, engagement. Muholi’s work is powerful, piercing and it evokes a startling beauty illuminated by her exceptional manipulation of light, darkness, shadows and the use of the most unexpected props.
The exhibition runs until 28 October 2017 at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3BA. Keep a watch for our continued coverage of the exhibition, including our one-on-one interview with Zanele Muholi.
Words: Lithemba Velleman (@Lit.Musings)
Images: Hung photos courtesy of Zanele Muholi at Autograph ABP.
Stills: Maciej Bugala (@maciejbugala)