Zanele Muholi, Bester V, 2015, self portrait, Mayotte. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Zanele Muholi is an award-winning South African photographer and self-described “visual activist” who explores race, gender, and sexuality. Muholi’s work has been exhibited at Documenta 13, the South African Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and the 29th São Paulo Biennale. Solo exhibitions include museums and galleries in Amsterdam, London, New York, Oslo, and Berlin, among others, and her work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and more. Her first major US-based project and culmination of an 18 month-long artist residency with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center featured the work of ten Philadelphia women in the Center-supported Women’s Mobile Museum.