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Zanele Muholi
20th-21st century
(Umlazi, South Africa, 1972 - )
I hope this finds you well. The gallery wishes to convey that Zanele Muholi has begun using the gender neutral pronouns they/them. Moving forward, we kindly ask that you please use these pronouns in all texts, publications, and correspondence regarding Muholi, and, if possible, convey this request to others as the need arises. If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the gallery! We thank you for your support and understanding. Best wishes, Patrice Patrice Gonzales (10/4/19) Yancey Richardson 525 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011 ph. 646.230.9610
Zanele Muholi was born in 1972 in Umlazi, Durban, South Africa. Muholi move to Johannesburg, after coming out at age 19 and began studying photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg and in 2009 received an MFA in documentary media from Ryerson University, Toronto. They live and work in Johannesburg. Muholi doesn’t identify as an artist, but as a “visual activist,” working to “re-write a black, queer and trans visual history of South Africa…at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond. Muholi has exhibited work internationally, with solo shows at the Mead Art Museum of UMASS Amherst; Gallatin Galleries at NYU; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Schwules Museum, Berlin; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown and Casa Africa, Las Palmas, among others. The Faces and Phases series has shown at Documenta 13; the South African Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale; and the 29th São Paulo Biennial. Numerous awards include the ICP Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism (2016); the Fine Prize for an emerging artist at the 2013 Carnegie International; a Prince Claus Award (2013); and the Index on Censorship - Freedom of Expression art award (2013), among others. Muholi will receive a major retrospective at the Tate Modern in 2020.

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