Photographer Zanele Muholi on What it Means To Be a “Visual Activist”

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South African photographer Zanele Muholi spoke to us during their year-long residency with Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. Muholi’s first major US-based project, the Women's Mobile Museum, reimagines a museum as a collaborative, mobile exhibition space, with works addressing representation and identity, created by ten Philadelphia women alongside works by Muholi and teaching artist Lindeka Qampi. In this video, Muholi explains why they describes themself as a “visual activist.”

Questions of Practice: Photographer Zanele Muholi on What it Means To Be a “Visual Activist”

South African photographer Zanele Muholi describes how visuals are a “means of articulation” on issues of representation and human rights. Filmed on June 7, 2018.

A culminating exhibition was on view at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in early 2019, in addition to an installation at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Zanele Muholi is an award-winning artist who explores race, gender, and sexuality. Their work has been exhibited at Documenta 13, the South African Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and the 29th São Paulo Biennale. Their 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.

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